By now, you’re probably familiar with the cloud. And it’s likely you already use the cloud – for storage, file sharing or other third-party applications – even if you don’t realize it. But as increasingly more SMBs look to move to cloud computing services intentionally with a shift towards IT support for remote employees, it is essential to understand what options exist and what the best long-term solution is for your business. And though you may feel compelled to choose between a private cloud or public cloud infrastructure, there’s a third option on the market that boasts significant benefits and should also be considered: the hybrid cloud.
Basically, a combination of private and public clouds, hybrid cloud environments offer users the following noteworthy advantages, and since cost is always at the forefront of small- and medium-sized business owners’ minds, we’ll start there.
Rather than having to increase hardware and maintenance costs as your computing needs expand, a cloud solution allows for your businesses to grow on-demand with scalable, pay-as-you-go options. Take that one step further with hybrid cloud computing and you can pick-and-choose which of your resources require the costlier, but more secure, private cloud and which of your resources would benefit most from the robust power of the public cloud.
ADAPTABILITY & SCALABILITY
With a hybrid cloud solution, flexibility, adaptability, and scalability are the name of the game. Rather than choosing a single IT solution that will work “well enough” for all your applications, you can customize computing needs for each job and make changes as needed.
The hybrid cloud offers IT security benefits over public cloud computing, without having to come out of pocket for a completely private cloud infrastructure. For example, personally-identifying client or HR information and proprietary business data can be stored within the private cloud environment for maximum security while less sensitive materials and documents can be stored and accessed via the public cloud.
While implementing a new computing solution might seem like an enormous undertaking, our team of cloud services experts has extensive experience with IT support in St. Louis helping businesses successfully transition to a hybrid cloud without significant interruption. Contact ATB today to learn more about how the benefits of a hybrid cloud can benefit your business.