Is your business one of the 33% of Australian businesses that operate in the public cloud? For years, the public cloud has been widely recognised as a more cost-effective option for businesses adopting a cloud based environment. In recent times, organisations have transitioned to Hybrid Cloud models, uncovering significant cost benefits that cannot be met in a public cloud environment.
A recent study indicates that 80% of organisations IT budgets will be committed to cloud applications and solutions in 2018. Does your IT budget look like this? Are you fully capturing the cost benefits of your current environment? This is in line with conversations we have every day with Australian organisations. Most indicate that their roadmap includes building a hybrid environment over the next three years.
A cloud solution provider recently conducted a 5-year total cost of ownership analysis with a customer that was spending around $2.5 million per year in a public cloud environment. The analysis uncovered that if they implemented a hybrid approach, over the next five years, after purchasing the infrastructure, the customer would save $4.5 million. The cost, security and business continuity benefits are becoming increasingly evident, encouraging businesses to make the switch.
One of the most important assets for any business is having the ability to forecast fixed and variable costs. A key driver in the shift to Hybrid Cloud is the ability to predict these costs. Providers should be able to identify the costs involved and ensure your budgets are predictable over the year. In Australia alone, hybrid cloud is booming, with more than two thirds of Australian companies now implementing a hybrid solution.
What exactly is hybrid cloud?
Hybrid cloud allows businesses to experience the best of both worlds. It is the combination of both public and private cloud environments, offering public cloud scalability, with private cloud confidence. Both environments operate independently. Enabling organisations to run applications across multiple platforms, provides businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options. Analysing the workloads of businesses with hybrid solutions, your business can experience significant cost and efficiency gains by choosing the right platforms for the right workloads. A Hybrid Cloud model ultimately allows businesses to achieve high levels of agility, scalability and efficiency. Businesses can dynamically adjust the amount of capacity they use in the public or private hosting environment, providing the agility every business deserves.
With the hype around cost benefits, it is also vital for businesses to consider hidden costs involved. This may be directly related to organisations that are required to comply with data protection regulations, which is often difficult to put a price on. Therefore, businesses are urged to select cloud providers with data centres based in Australia and have proven credentials as a specialist in hybrid cloud integrations.
Although adopting a hybrid solution may not provide the cost and efficiency benefits for some organisations, it is still worth consulting in your cloud provider. Understand how to fully capture the benefits of your current environment and discuss how your business may uncover the benefits of a Hybrid solution.
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