Cloud computing can deliver lower IT costs and increased efficiencies, but it also provides powerful new opportunities to drive business growth. Some companies, for instance, are using the cloud model to create new lines of business by partnering with external providers.
CIOs are uniquely qualified to lead a cloud strategy, thanks to their intricate knowledge of IT. While in-depth understanding of technology is critical, no less important is the ability to articulate the business impacts and opportunities of cloud computing to the C-suite.
Much of CIOs these days are in the clouds, but still set foot in a datacenter well designed and carefully secured. CIOs of companies in any industry, are feeling pressure from somewhere – either by its CEO, its employees, customers, partners or the market at large to implement the latest technology in cloud-based information to be more efficient, agile and profitable.
But they also need to keep track of existing technology infrastructures to maximize return on investment. The hybrid clouds helps you achieve the best of both worlds. They can cut back on costs by storing and sharing data and internal applications in a private cloud as Software Development companies can swiftly develop new applications and store large amounts of unstructured information analytics big data in the public cloud.
The key is to correctly decide what data and applications fit where the best. Then you have to decipher where they have to interact. Having the necessary software tools to manage hybrid environment is key. For companies that want to benefit from the new technology while still continuing the testing operations, both the old and the new have to coexist and work seamlessly.
Some companies are already taking steps in this direction. Typically, companies today use three types of computing:
1. Dedicated to corporate data centers that perform key application services.
2. Common resources in a private cloud within the corporate data center.
3. Resources that are run by public cloud providers through which you access the Internet.
You mix and match any of these models, you create a hybrid cloud.
Most existing companies cannot simply close their data centers and move information technology to an external supplier. In some cases they have crafted, applications with many years ago, which are vital for the services provided to a few key customers. Some ERP systems have been refined for over 20 years and downtime threaten the viability of the company. These applications can simply be too fragile to move. In such cases, it will often be more cost effective to keep legacy applications on dedicated servers isolated instead of moving to private cloud servers.
In other cases, specialized data will be subject to regulatory or legal restrictions. For example, some providers in the health sector are reluctant to manage cancer detection information beyond their own walls. But building a private cloud in a corporate data center cut costs and increase flexibility. In the private cloud, virtual servers can handle hundreds of networks on a single physical server. The architects of data centers need not devote storage devices to a single application. While some work still run on specific computers, technology directors treat much of the computing power in data centers as a clustered resource, i.e. a private cloud that is allocated on demand.
Data centers have long been the symbolic heart of the domain of the CIO. For many years, corporate data centers have consistently required more space and electrical power. But virtualization and revolution that began in 1998, meant that many applications could run on a single server, and most companies have been consolidating workloads on servers, since.
Adopting the hybrid cloud architecture means that much of the companies already have all the space in the data center may need. Managers can stop worrying about how to expand their data centers or get more electricity for air conditioning.
A lot of companies are using public also some infrastructure cloud. Some departments of information technology have made the decision to use the cloud to test or develop new applications. In other cases, an executive or a marketing researcher have used information technology to use an application, paying the cost on a corporate credit card. In many companies, it is important for the department of information technology have an eye on all corporate data, and know what might be going on outside the company servers.
There are large and positive reasons for IT departments embrace the cloud. Last year, IBM conducted a survey of 800 senior executives from companies around the world revealed that most people use the cloud to integrate and apply the mobile, social and big data technologies. The cloud is paying off for companies. Companies with high cloud adoption are getting almost double the growth in revenue and gross profit growth of 2.5 times that of similar companies.
Adopt the cloud makes information technology departments are seen as partners in other departments. Historically, information technology has been seen as a barrier. Budget constraints and the need to purchase and install hardware meant that any new project required months before stakeholders could access. When using a public cloud, a few days or weeks coding by IT developers may be sufficient to launch a new product. Our survey found that 66% of organizations are using the cloud to strengthen the relationship between the theologies of information and business lines.
Embracing the Cloud is not an all or nothing proposition. The hybrid cloud is the path to cloud computing, more convenient and profitable for large companies with extensive infrastructure departments of information technology and established data centers.