Agility is one of the main reasons companies consider a cloud solution. They are looking to break free from the constraints of outdated technology and approaches. They want to be able to deploy the right workloads based on the right delivery model to meet their unique business needs. Most of all, they want to know that they have what it takes to act more quickly and win more decisively than their competitors when a business or marketing opportunity arises.

A winning combination

That’s why so many companies who are looking for the right cloud solution stop looking when they find the hybrid approach. This combination of a public and private cloud, combined with a managed cloud strategy, has proven its ability to deliver exactly what modern, dynamic companies want and need.  

“A hybrid approach is a perfect example of outstanding technology driving impressive business results,” says Chris Christianopoulos, HP Canada’s Director for Cloud Solutions. “Organizations get the automation and orchestration capabilities they need to react quickly to business needs. They can count on agility and operational efficiency that creates value. And they can put this all to use to enhance their competitive advantage in the marketplace, what’s not to like?”

“When organizations need to spin up environments quickly that are non-mission critical and not bound by sensitive data, a public cloud makes sense,”

Many companies really need the features and benefits of both a public and a private cloud. For example, an organization with mission critical applications and sensitive data must have a private cloud to ensure that both the data and the applications remain secure. However, the same organization could clearly benefit from the lower costs associated with a public cloud for other business areas such as development or testing.

“These are the types of companies that need to go hybrid,” Christianopoulos explains. “Only a hybrid approach can deliver efficiency, affordability, privacy and security — plus the agility to move from one approach to the other as business needs and realities evolve. That’s when hybrid starts making a lot of sense.”    

Flexibility and scalability

A hybrid cloud strategy, based on open, interoperable standards, offers scalability and flexibility that fully support the business’ drive to provide faster time to revenue and create new revenue streams — without fear of vendor “lock-in.” It enables IT to play the critical role of service broker to ensure that the right services are being delivered via the right service delivery model to enable the business.

The hybrid cloud approach even allows an organization to better manage OPEX/CAPEX to better handle changes in workload. “When organizations need to spin up environments quickly that are non-mission critical and not bound by sensitive data, a public cloud makes sense,” explains Christianopoulos. “It means that companies only pay for the services that they consume. At the same time, they can use their private cloud for their own day-to-day activities.”   

What it all comes down to is that a hybrid cloud strategy gives organizations the flexibility to shift gears as operational needs change without incurring the substantial costs of owning unused, in-house infrastructure over the rest of the year, when business is steady.

“A truly hybrid environment delivers the right workload for the right service delivery model — public or private,” says Christianopoulos. “Add to that a superior cloud management framework, and you now have the ability to manage applications or services across delivery models. The end result is greater operational efficiency and a better overall ability to achieve business goals.”