Exploding 3 Common Myths about Hybrid Cloud

    Hybrid. It’s a funny word. One that somehow, and entirely unjustly we might add, still seems to have nagging, non-specific negative connotations attached to it. As if whatever it prefixes – car, bike, animal, golf club, cloud, whatever – is somehow a compromise; something less than the real thing. Neither here nor there.

    Not that any perceived negativity has had any stigma or impact where Hybrid Cloud (HC) computing is concerned of course. The last year or two having seen it go from strength to enviable strength, with Gartner having recently predicted that HC will be the most common variety of cloud deployment by 2020.

    But while the HC concept is hardly a new or unsuccessful one, many organisations and their IT leaders do seem to remain a little on the fence; unfamiliar and undecided as to what HC really is and what, if anything, they ought to be doing about it.

    Why? It may owe something to the fact that all manner of myths still surround the concept – our hybrid curse striking again. So accordingly, we thought we’d take the opportunity to tackle – and hopefully explode – three such myths once and for all.

    Myth No.1: Hybrid Cloud is a third cloud ‘system’ next to public cloud and private cloud.

    Truth: There are really just two species of cloud – public and private – and you’re probably using one or both already. And if both, then in essence you’re already using HC too. Not convinced? Maintaining (or even vainly trying to maintain) a ‘no-cloud’ policy will soon be like trying to have a no-internet rule. Futile.

    Indeed, Gartner reports that pretty much everyone will have something, somewhere in the cloud within three years. So HC isn’t a species of cloud in and of itself, but the child of its public and private parents; a combination of two (or more) infrastructures still operating independently, but tethered by common apps, service and tools.

    Myth No.2: All or nothing. Adopting public cloud means waving goodbye to your existing infrastructure.

    Truth: Cloud is not and never has been about simply ripping out incumbent on-premise data centers. And Hybrid Cloud both proves that and makes it possible. According to recent research, 8 in 10 organisations are still reliant upon on-premise infrastructure, with just 17% having gone 100% public cloud. And no wonder. It is often incredibly pricey and operationally questionable to do so.

    There is no definitive or linear approach. Instead, just as with any other tech deployment, the key lies in finding the right vendors, the right features and the right balance for an organisation’s individual needs.

    Myth No.3: The cloud is intrinsically less secure than on-premise

    Truth: There has been an incredible amount of FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt), around the issue of cloud security, but is it justified? To some extent but on the whole, no, frankly.

    First of all, FUD has been the security sector’s standard mode of operation since time began.

    Secondly, there will always be those that shake their heads sagely and say that it’s too risky just as there will always be those who take the opposite view. The sensible course, naturally, lies between the two, and this is another area in which Hybrid Cloud comes obviously into its own. It allows you to risk what you can afford to risk and keep a tight grip on what you can’t.

    So no, Hybrid Cloud is not a new species of cloud. But for most organisations it is, or should be, the definitive and most logical one.

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