Hybrid cloud fast-tracks digital transformation

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Hybrid cloud fast-tracks digital transformation
Instantaneous seamless scalability removes the boundaries imposed by complex legacy hardware solutions.
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The workforce has seen permanent remote workers double across the globe from 16.4 percent to 34.4 percent in 2021.

The adoption of hybrid cloud is playing a critical role in business continuity, operational resiliency and long-term remote work enablement. According to IDG, their Cloud Computing Study found 82 percent of businesses are implementing a mix of on-premises and cloud technology ecosystems.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic and the onset of the work from home movement, we have seen the greater need for flexible, scalable, cost-effective and innovative secure IT experiences.

Hybrid cloud is emerging as a strategic solution for today’s distributed and ‘work from anywhere’ requirements.

The benefit of Hybrid cloud for SMBs

A hybrid cloud model enables businesses to digitally transform and re-imagine traditional workplace practices beyond the physical office. Every hybrid cloud environment is different and can give businesses greater flexibility and agility depending on immediate needs and long-term goals.

Hybrid cloud models provide businesses with flexible and resilient systems they need now and for the future and offer numerous benefits including:  

  • Scalability and reduced costs: giving businesses greater control over their data, with the ability to adjust cloud settings automatically to suit various workloads. This optimises business performance and operational efficiency for employees and IT resources, reducing hours spent setting up physical hardware

  • Flexibility: the ability to operate from multiple workspaces rather than one central location, supporting remote and distributed employees to stay connected, access critical business data, and scale operations automatically and securely without extra costs

  • Business continuity: improves business continuity and reduces potential downtime and associated costs. If a failure or disaster does occur, hybrid cloud enables business operations to continue as usual with minimal downtime or interruption

  • Better security and risk mitigation: gives businesses control over data as well as automating the management of security strategies, policies and controls across hybrid cloud environments

Why Hybrid cloud?

Hybrid cloud has become a key enabler in fast tracking digital transformation across most industries.  In fact, IDC predict more than 90 percent of enterprises in 2022 will rely on a mix of on-premise or dedicated private clouds, multiple public clouds and legacy platforms to meet their business IT needs.

The business landscape has become increasingly complex and when transitioning to cloud-based services, organisations need to manage multiple environments, servers and hardware requirements.  There is now a greater need for flexible cloud architecture and long-term remote work enablement for the evolving and distributed workforce.

The focus is shifting from physical connectivity to simplicity of deployment, scalability of workloads and ongoing manageability of tailored purpose-built solutions.

A hybrid cloud approach equips businesses with solutions to accelerate digital transformation, while ensuring migration to the cloud is cost effective, secure and aligns to strategic long-term remote work enablement. 

Scalability and flexibility are the modern workplace mantra

Since the onset of the pandemic, the modern workplace has been redefined, requiring businesses to up the ante on security, flexibility and scalability to respond to immediate threats, challenges and opportunities that may arise in times of uncertainty.

Implementing hybrid cloud allows businesses to leverage a broad spectrum of technologies to provide a personalised customer experience focused on outcomes and business requirements. This can be achieved while fortifying the security, auditability and accessibility of operational data, across physical locations and devices, ensuring the safety and privacy of confidential and sensitive data.  In an era defined by security breaches and continuous disclosure this level of security control should be paramount to any business decision.

Instantaneous seamless scalability removes the boundaries imposed by complex legacy hardware solutions while aligning business costs to operational requirements, resulting in business savings. As your business grows, the hybrid cloud will grow with it.

The time for innovation is now. Businesses need trusted IT partners to help them navigate available solutions to accelerate digital transformation and adopt more holistic end-to-end strategies with cloud at the core. Giving businesses flexibility and abundant opportunities, the hybrid cloud is the right solution for those looking to maximise security, customisation and cost-effectiveness.

Ian Welch is CIO and Executive Director, Dicker Data.

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