Digital Transformation Accelerated: 5 Ways the Hybrid Cloud Can Work for You
In just the past couple of years, hybrid cloud adoption has expanded across a range of sectors. From finance to government and software to telecom, enterprise-level IT decision makers have recognized the need to take full advantage of a hybrid platform. But why?
Businesses at all levels – especially enterprises and large organizations – have always understood the need for systems that allow them to leverage existing assets while maximizing new opportunities provided by fully customizable digital transformation. This means creating a dynamic environment capable of addressing all areas of operation and concern, including:
- Optimizing existing infrastructure
- Balancing on-premises, public, and private cloud solutions
- Meeting and adjusting to growth opportunities
- Assessing and mitigating risk
- Managing data resources
It means providing all of this in a scalable environment that consistently meets organizational needs.
What digital transformation delivers
Executed with authority and experience, digital transformation is unprecedented innovation in action. Done within the scope of hybrid cloud capabilities, this translates to a range of possibilities:
- Innovation and collaboration across departments
- Flexibility to integrate and leverage existing assets and investments
- Acceleration of data processing, application development and implementation
- Scalability for immediate response to constantly evolving business needs
- Unification of data resources and the implementation of emergent technologies
Moving to the cloud is critical to providing for these needs. While making this happen is no small task, working with the right team makes this transformation fast and efficient in every context.
Here are 5 ways the hybrid cloud can work for you:
#1 Hybrid cloud consistency
Consistency is central to effective operations in any industry, regardless of size or rate of growth. More to the point, consistency in operations across enterprise-level businesses is even more critical now than ever before. Staying competitive in any field demands it.
Operating from a customized hybrid cloud ensures that all stakeholders are coordinated and seamlessly engaged across assets. The four pillars of hybrid cloud consistency provide this:
- Common identity
- Integrated management and security
- Consistent data platform
- Unified development and DevOps
To maximize benefits of the hybrid cloud environment, it’s necessary to make a thorough evaluation of your requirements in these four key areas.
#2 Common identity and single sign-on
Managing access is critical to protecting business assets while ensuring efficiency. Consistently providing appropriate access—on premises or in the cloud—ensures a safe and effective balance between the two.
Single sign-on allows users to authenticate with a single enterprise account. Administrators can manage security and governance controls so users can access what they need—with flexibility to adjust those permissions without affecting the user experience.
#3 Analytics and data distribution
Data analysis and distribution is key to staying competitive. Regardless of where and how a company organizes and manages this information, on-demand comprehensive access is critical to success.
Customized cloud solutions provide this at every level. When you can distribute data seamlessly between cloud and on-premises, you’re able to realize the benefits of granular analytics, visualizations, and deep learning.
#4 Visibility and control
While access is key to business functionality, management and security are necessary on every level. The hybrid cloud environment delivers complete visibility and control across assets, providing administrators with:
- Monitoring capabilities
- Protection and recovery processes
- Automation and control facilities
- Security and compliance abilities
Threats are inherent to doing business. The hybrid cloud environment can help you mitigate these risks on every level.
#5 Development in a common environment
Working between on-premises and cloud environments can result in or cause a range of complications. Difficulties sharing technologies between the two further complicates the problem. Approaching these with single-issue solutions is inefficient at best. It costs time and money. It stifles innovation and wastes opportunity.
Working from a hybrid cloud environment allows you to solve these problems and provides a straightforward link between on-premises and cloud-based assets. It provides developers with a means to effectively develop, update, and grow between the two with ease and efficiency.
Are you ready to make the move to true digital transformation? Do it right: let us help you find and leverage the hybrid cloud strategy that’s best for you. Contact us today to discuss AKA’s Ground to Cloud Essentials offering, which will help get you up and running fast by taking advantage of the hybrid cloud.
Want to learn more? Download this Microsoft Whitepaper, Accelerate your digital transformation: the enterprise guide to hybrid cloud.