Over the past decade, virtualisation has revolutionised enterprise IT.

Enterprises everywhere have embraced virtualisation technology to create “private clouds” that are centrally hosted from the enterprise data centre. In fact, many mid-size and smaller enterprises, have gained substantial cost, agility, innovation and competitive advantages by completely outsourcing their private Cloud infrastructure to experienced, SLA backed Cloud Providers such as AINS.

Increasingly, early enterprise adopters of the private cloud are expanding into the hybrid cloud, to broaden their focus from the applications to the workloads.

Hybrid clouds enable enterprises to control the cost of IT by leveraging the resources of a public cloud provider if and when required while maintaining security by storing sensitive data in the private cloud. Additionally, hybrid clouds enable enterprises to shift the cost  from per unit of compute or store, to cost per workload and substantially enhances enterprise agility, flexibility and IT scalability .

Ultimately, hybrid clouds allows organisations to leverage the capabilities of public cloud platform providers without offloading the entirety of their data to a third-party data centre. This provides a great deal of flexibility in computing tasks, while keeping the most vital components secured behind the company firewall.

Despite the benefits, implementing hybrid clouds can present technical, business and management challenges as they require API compatibility and appropriate network connections that are robust and scalable.

AINS expert consultants can help enterprises to confidently step from the private cloud to the hybrid cloud, further enhance organisational agility, flexibility and ultimately, increased competitiveness.