Cloud computing is becoming the norm for enterprises to manage their business operations. It’s a necessity for companies to remain competitive and agile, while keeping up with demands from users and data growth.
While many options exist, it’s making the right choice for your organization, which is key. Public, private, or hybrid – which benefits my business IT Strategy most?
Public Cloud: According to the IDC, “Spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will reach $122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4% over 2016.” More and more enterprises are turning to the public cloud for its advantages of scale, flexibility, and elasticity. Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, and Google continue to dominate the public cloud market, with many organizations adopting a multi-cloud strategy. With over 80% of organizations utilizing the public cloud in some capacity, the “cloud first” mindset is in full swing. However, risks such as security, compliance, governance, performance, outages, in addition to high cost, are real and can bode as challenges of the public clouds fit for many organizations’ architecture.
Private Cloud: While private cloud adoption declined in 2016 (according to the Rightscale’s 2017 State of the Cloud), it’s still very relevant for many organizations with compliance regulations and cost concerns. But, for many organizations with existing data centers or colocation contracts, moving to the public cloud does not make sense. However, a private cloud can sit atop one’s existing infrastructure and provide the same benefits and consumption model.
Hybrid Cloud: The preferred model for enterprises moving forward in 2017 will be the hybrid cloud. Data centers are at the core of cloud computing and deploying a hybrid strategy can provide the most benefit for all organizations, by connecting on and off premise resources. Leveraging this model provides organizations flexibility and resiliency in many capacities, such as managing critical applications and workloads, to business continuity and disaster recovery. The hybrid model allows businesses to use the cloud as an extension of its existing data center, while controlling costs and reducing risks.
“A hybrid cloud strategy is the rule, not the exception.” According to forbes.com.
T5 Data Centers Enterprise Colocation Solution provides the built in architecture for your enterprises to deploy its Hybrid IT strategy. Businesses are beginning to consider the true costs and business impacts of utilizing public cloud and realizing that some workloads may be better served onsite or in a colocation environment. Recent AWS S3 outages are a great example as to why a balanced approach to your IT Infrastructure strategy makes the most sense. In 2017 and beyond, a majority of enterprises will move towards a Hybrid IT strategy and T5 is positioned to help get you there.
T5’s Enterprise Colocation Solutions now feature “T5 Connect”, a 4-Tier network connectivity platform, providing complete IT strategy enablement including support for hybrid cloud, multi-cloud or private cloud solutions. T5 offers simple and cost-effective enterprise-to-cloud direct connect to a global ecosystem of business-critical application and infrastructure partners. T5 customers can connect directly to AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud along with various other SaaS and cloud infrastructure providers using fully automated and flexible provisioning, while bypassing the public Internet and improving the performance and security of their environment.
Find out more about how your business can take advantage of T5’s robust data center infrastructure and operations solutions, with redundant systems and dedicated power to enable your hybrid strategy.
Carter Myers is Director of Business Development at T5 Data Centers. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.