Every enterprise has different requirements when it comes to moving infrastructure into the cloud – some push all operations into a third-party hosted cloud environment, while others keep much of their data in-house. This spectrum of cloud environments translates into high demand for infrastructure customization, and in response, hybrid cloud computing is quickly evolving from a hypothetical option to a must-have.
It’s not surprising that hybrid cloud is such an attractive option, as the structure allows for seamless integration between dedicated hardware and public cloud servers, allowing organizations to easily scale capacity up and down as demand fluctuates. Surprisingly, though, hybrid cloud environments have actually seen relatively low uptake rates, with only 16 percent of enterprises leveraging the model today. This is very likely a result of the widely-held perception that hybrid clouds are complex to deploy, configure and manage. Technologies are evolving to make hybrid set-up easier, but many CIOs will realize that managed hosting providers are well-positioned to manage the complexity of hybrid cloud environments, removing this challenge from any enterprise transitioning into the cloud.
A great example of how managed hosting providers can help an enterprise is PEER 1 Hosting’s HPC Self-Serve Cloud, which combines virtual and physical GPU servers to support customers that need a fast, secure, self-serve cloud to handle high data volumes. Because the environment is available in as little as fifteen minutes and billable by the hour, customers are completely removed from the complexity of configuring servers, mapping infrastructure, allocating bandwidth or planning for future capacity and power demands. They simply scale up when they need it and then scale back down when the compute power is no longer needed – or stay scaled up long term if large data store analysis is the norm. This is where we really see the value of the cloud: supporting customers when and how they need it to deliver great results. As more and more cloud providers and enterprises move that way, hybrid cloud will see huge growth, quickly dwarfing today’s 16 percent market penetration.