“By 2020, a corporate “no-cloud” policy will be as rare as a “no-internet” policy is today, according to Gartner, Inc. Cloud-first, and even cloud-only, is replacing the defensive no-cloud stance that dominated many large providers in recent years.”(1)
The question most businesses will face is which cloud model suits their business or better yet what combination of cloud technology is the right mix of flexibility, scalability, security & control that will enable them to grow and excel in an ever-changing economic landscape. Whilst every business and industry vertical differ with their own solutions, services, products and indeed their business strategy. There are some factors that have a significant influence on the technology road map they implement to not only support their business needs but to also comply with every growing compliance and regulation stipulations that govern the majority if not all data processes.
Therefore, the underlying question that all businesses face today or will be faced with in the future is, public cloud or private cloud or to try to leverage the best of both worlds via a custom hybrid cloud solution. There is no right or wrong answer here and unfortunately before many businesses get to the solution that suits their business model, they may have made some choices that has negatively impacted their business. As the cloud evolves – We learn – We evolve. Put simply, businesses gain the knowledge they require to make the right choices.
Public cloud and SaaS offerings are the most commonly used form of cloud technology and are invaluable to business of all sizes, as they take away a lot of the pain managing complex Software & Hardware environments in-house. However, a large amount of businesses are still cloud anxious or not 100% convinced that this new type of offering is right for their business. The Flexibility, Scalability and ease of management of public cloud SaaS offerings is unparalleled and offers huge advantages over a similar on-premise solution.
Where we see the public cloud fall down is when businesses use the IaaS & PaaS platforms to run business critical solutions or process hungry applications that are not readily available in the public cloud, not public cloud compatible but vital to business success. This is also evident when business migrate existing or legacy (but critical) applications to a public cloud solution. There are also other factors to consider when migrating to a full public cloud solution. i.e. File size limitations, data egress /ingress charges and most importantly network connectivity to and security within their public cloud solution. There are direct connections to public clouds available, but at a premium cost and in most cases, businesses are not availing of this connection method. The majority of public cloud solutions connect the business workforce to their applications and business solutions over public Internet or through public internet VPN’s which has its own limitations and concerns for many businesses.
But rather than remain on premise and continue to face the challenges and workload associated with managing your on-premise solution, many businesses are choosing a private datacentre solution to either host their own infrastructure or leverage the DC’s own aggregated investment in private cloud solutions such as IaaS, PaaS, STaaS and SECaaS. Private datacentres have also evolved over the last number of years and are now offering the public cloud model in a private cloud datacentre environment. As a result, any business can leverage the advantages of the cloud model including flexibility, scalability, Opex Cost etc. while also gaining the advantages of powerful infrastructure & storage coupled with secure connectivity and cybersecurity mitigation solutions that private datacentres offer at their core. Furthermore, private datacentres offer direct connectivity not only to the businesses on premise workforce, secure remote users but also into various public clouds to leverage your SaaS applications directly into your private cloud to deliver a custom Hybrid Cloud Solution to match the needs of your business.
“This does not mean that everything will be cloud-based, and concern will remain valid in some cases. However, the extreme of having nothing cloud-based will largely disappear. Hybrid will be the most common usage of the cloud — but this will require public cloud to be part of the overall strategy. Technology providers will increasingly be able to assume that their customers will be able to consume cloud capabilities”(1)
1 – Gartner Says By 2020, a Corporate “No-Cloud” Policy Will Be as Rare as a “No-Internet” Policy Is Today. https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3354117