A hybrid cloud architecture gives you access to new resources plus your own on-site IT.
So many options are on the market when it comes to connecting to the Cloud. You no longer have to take an “all or nothing” approach to cloud adoption. No need to lose the IT you know and love. Hybrid cloud architecture makes that very notion obsolete.
You can keep your onsite IT and gain speed — plus more — with new cloud resources.
Calm the nervous ones
Integrating the Cloud into your IT doesn’t mean you have to throw out all your existing infrastructure. The thought of enhancing your on-site IT — to those who adapt slowly to change — is nerve-wracking.
But now, more than ever before, there’s no cause for fearing change. Because hybrid cloud architecture enables us to keep the best functionalities from our on-site IT operation and adopt a slew of new cloud functionalities. The best part is…well…you can kick the risks and burdens of your old on-site IT to the curb!
Status quo hurts business
You don’t want your business to remain frozen in 2010! You may remember it as the year when you couldn’t get away from Angry Birds. Or when the series finale of “Lost” left you disappointed and betrayed. More importantly, when the Cloud was still on the distant horizon, not directly overhead.
A healthy fear of the Cloud is, well, healthy. I totally get wanting to proceed with caution. In fact, when it comes to transforming the very networks and infrastructure that your business operations rely on, a degree of caution is wise.
Cloud phobia, though, can prevent people from seeing the risks of keeping traditional IT infrastructure. It can even lead to major missed business opportunities. When decision-makers finally say “let’s go for it”, here’s a good tip…
To navigate your hybrid cloud integration, and everyone’s sensitive feelings on the subject, start with a conversation about the risks and burdens you are currently shouldering; the risks and burdens of on-premise IT.
Here’s what could happen if you say ‘No’ to cloud integration
When you take a hard, honest look at it, the risks of not adopting the Cloud often outweigh those of adoption. Especially if your competitors are already in the Cloud.
The risks of sticking to your existing, on-premise IT networks and infrastructure means…
…wasting time putting out fires instead of focusing on business.
IT should be working quietly, almost imperceptibly in the background, so you are free to focus on the things that cause a business to grow and thrive: communicating and collaborating.
…employees can’t get the job done.
Your employees can’t work easily at home or on the go. They send files via email, and they can’t access and share current file versions from one central platform while anywhere. They can’t be as productive as the competition.
…IT staff can’t keep up with your business growth.
On-premise IT is only growing more complex, so if you think you have a handle on it now, just wait. If you plan to grow at all, you will soon need more storage space and processing power to handle your data, constant server upgrades, new software licensing, installation and configuration. And more.
…worst case scenario happens.
What if a natural disaster, or arson, wipes out your on-site servers? Can you afford to start from scratch? What if your lead IT person gets really sick right when your complex network goes down? Do others know the intricacies of the network?
…spending way more than necessary.
From some perspectives, the greatest risk is missing out on the cost reductions of cloud hosting and services. A long-term savings strategy that can channel funds into higher priority business objectives like marketing, mobile app development, sales tools… is huge!
How your business can thrive
Cloud providers deliver the skills, equipment, and expertise needed to keep your enterprise secure and resilient. All with minimal maintenance on your end. But if for some bizarre reason you like the maintenance side of things, you don’t have to give up full control of your IT…
The simplest way to stop risking loss in your business is to do what 51% of businesses have done: adopt a hybrid cloud integration. With hybrid cloud, you can keep some favorite IT functions on site, and outsource the ones you can part with.
This approach gives those nervous people time to test the options. They can also confront their fears in a safe, gradual way. With hybrid cloud architecture, you can even set-up a trial IT system that doesn’t involve any sensitive customer data at first. Later, you’ll be confident enough to take a bigger leap.
Why hybrid cloud is a win-win
Hybrid Cloud is like the superhero that swoops in just in time to save the day. In other words, to bring order and progress to your organization! It’s a cloud computing environment that blends on-premises, private and public cloud services into the ideal IT mix for the business you have now.
That way it can grow into the business you want it to be. Hybrid architecture takes independently operating public and private cloud infrastructures, and gets them to communicate like best of friends— chatting constantly and keeping each other’s secrets.
With a hybrid cloud integration, there’s no more risk of the dark scenarios I outlined above. Your organization can ride off into the happily ever after.
Your business data and applications become portable (that means mobile, agile and scalable), so users can work from anywhere, anytime. You can spread your workloads between cloud and on-premises, and seamlessly integrate your IT with other cloud applications and services.
Let’s get our heads in the Cloud today and talk. See the many ways a hybrid cloud integration can impact your business. Call me at 858-777-6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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