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The benefits of a utility billing, self-service hybrid cloud model

Self-service IT models have long been associated with complexity. Taking insight from the industry as well as the challenges being faced by professionals, we developed the On Demand Cloud Platform – putting the power where it belongs, back in the hands of the customer.

Whether it’s a developer trying out new code, or a marketing agency requiring a new environment for a short-term campaign, On Demand provides complete transparency on a utility billing basis. Simply like paying your household bills, customers only need pay for what they use and can switch off at any time.

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Hybrid cloud and marketing agencies

Marketing agencies are a great example of flexible hybrid cloud solutions in action. Often working on campaigns or on short-term projects, marketing professionals demand the ability to scale and switch on IT solutions at short notice.

Once a campaign is live, traffic can be unpredictable depending on its success.  True Native Hybrid Cloud allows marketers to seamlessly scale up their environment as campaigns and workloads progress – available in just minutes. 

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Hybrid cloud and developers

The demands on developers today have never been more intense. With customer needs constantly changing and the rise of trends such as IoT and wearable technology, developers are the ones creating the products or services that generate business growth and revenue. 

The longer it takes to create a new test environment, the longer it will take to get a new product to market. With the On Demand Cloud Platform, developers can spin up a new environment in seconds and, once a project is finished, the service can be decommissioned instantly. Paying only for what is used, On Demand can potentially mean beating off the competition and getting to market in record time. 

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Cloud made easy

Hybrid cloud is a big decision. Particularly for those new to cloud, where the barriers and challenges of adoption appear to outweigh the benefits. Migration and integration may seem more pain than it’s worth, but hybrid cloud can, in reality, take an organisation into a more secure, reliable and effective IT age.

The move to hybrid doesn’t need to happen overnight. With True Native Hybrid, migration can occur over time, giving the IT decision-maker more insight into what and how it’s working for their business. Without mass migration, IT decision-makers can scale applications seamlessly to virtual cloud servers without the threat of downtime or data loss. 

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Hybrid cloud and small businesses

Running a small business can be tough, particularly when the workforce and organization are constantly adapting to changing market demands. It can be equally tough for the IT decision-maker, who often has to look at how IT solutions fit the business, both in the present and the future.

A 2014 study found that 43 per cent of small business IT managers believe that cloud technologies are perfect for small businesses, providing greater flexibility, scalability and access to enterprise technology.  

In his latest video, Toby Owen, Senior VP of Product, discusses why hybrid cloud can be a great asset for small businesses. 

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What is instant provisioning?

The cloud is all about instant provisioning. It’s also known as on-demand self-service. Cloud users can obtain cloud services such as applications, the infrastructure supporting the applications, and configuration within seconds to deploy rather than days or even weeks.

It’s essentially self-service where applications, and if necessary application architectures, can be downloaded almost as easy turning on a tap. Users typically obtain these services through a cloud service catalogue, or commonly, an online self-service portal.

This is what gives the cloud its appeal. It means IT teams don’t have to fire up new servers and install applications that the business wants. It means that extensive IT infrastructures are not required in-house. It means that the IT team is freed up to concentrate on more productive tasks such as developing bespoke apps for the business. Cloud will fundamentally change the way the IT team operates in the future.

Instant provisioning, or on-demand self-service, is enabled by the cloud hosting company provisioning a virtual machine when you request an application or other service. The service you are accessing runs on the virtual machine. This virtual machine set up isn’t quite instantaneous. For instance, it may take a few minutes for the virtual machine to be ready to use, dependent on the type of machine, location of the data centre and so on.

But hey, what are a few minutes when you can effectively harvest a raft of services via a portal? It would take an IT team longer that’s for sure, given that they usually have other tasks at hand.

And setting up a dedicated server for new applications requested by the business can be a long and arduous process with high set up fees and wasted resources. The applications might only use 30 per cent of the server’s processor power meaning the other 70 per cent is wasted. And the server has got to be maintained, cooled and powered, so the costs keep stacking up.

Instant provisioning is what makes the cloud what it is: immediate, cost-effective and flexible. 

What are the biggest drivers behind hybrid cloud adoption?

With many IT decision-makers turning to hybrid cloud in the hope that everything will work seamlessly and cheaper, the question arises as to whether businesses are missing the true benefits of adoption? Hybrid cloud can address many challenges such as improving processes, addressing operational efficiencies, data protection and cutting IT costs.

These are clearly areas where businesses cannot afford to compromise, but as the industry becomes more educated about hybrid cloud technologies, what are the biggest driving forces behind adoption, and what is entailed when deploying it within a business? 

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Why are more businesses adopting hybrid cloud technologies?

Hybrid cloud is no longer just the ‘flavor of the day’, it has become a valuable and essential business asset. With several years of promises, hybrid cloud is now a business norm with others set to follow suit. Adoption is set to grow from 10 per cent to 28 per cent over the next three years. That’s almost triple.

In comparison, on-premise hosting is anticipated to drop from 31 per cent to 17 per cent over the same period, with private cloud also dropping to 41 per cent – making the case for hybrid cloud even more compelling.

It is, however, by no means a cure to world hunger, and IT decision-makers will unlikely see their budget halved over night. With adoption rapidly rising, is it increased education, cost savings or even productivity that is motivating businesses to take hybrid cloud more seriously?



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What is hybrid cloud?

A hybrid cloud is the combination of a public cloud with a private cloud platform and one that's designed for use by a single organization. The public and private clouds in a hybrid cloud arrangement are separate and independent.

Organizations do this to store extremely sensitive data on the private cloud while using the public cloud to leverage all the benefits of the cloud such as applications on tap, scalability and lower costs. The public cloud runs the applications that use the sensitive data but the data is not stored in the public cloud. This keeps data exposure to an absolute minimum.

One of the benefits of the hybrid cloud is that all the benefits of cloud computing are available but data is not travelling across the public internet. This also reduces latency time and access time to data. In some industries this is a critical element, such as banking and finance, where far reaching decisions are informed by the latest data.

Another benefit is the ability to have the on-premises infrastructure that can support the average workload businesses. At the same time an organization retains the ability to leverage the public cloud if, for example, the private cloud couldn’t handle increased workloads. In short, the people running the company’s infrastructure have more control than if they relied solely on a hosting service providing a public cloud service.

It also works for businesses that have seasonal variations in terms of requirements for computing power. Some businesses experience peak demands during the year, for instance, think of holiday companies or airlines that have a rush of business during certain times of the year. The ability to use a public cloud during these periods is a cost-effective option for gaining increased computing power only when it is needed, which is precisely what a hybrid cloud provides. 

What is public cloud?

When most people think of the cloud it’s the public cloud that comes to mind, that is, a virtualised environment using pooled shared physical resources, and accessible over a public network such as the internet.

Public clouds are used extensively for private individuals, small businesses or start-ups that don’t require the level of infrastructure and security offered by private clouds. But that said, enterprise sized businesses can still utilise public clouds to make their operations more efficient, by for example, storing online non-sensitive content, online document collaboration and webmail.

A public cloud model typically offers the following benefits:

Scalability because cloud resources are available on demand from the public clouds’ pools of resource so that the applications that run on them can respond changing demand.

Cost efficiency because public clouds bring together greater levels of resource and as a result deliver economies of scale. Centralised operation and management of the underlying resources is shared across all of the cloud services.

Better pricing similar to utility bills in that you only pay for what you use. Public cloud services often employ a pay-as-you-go charging model whereby so users can access the resource they need, when they need it, and only pay for what they use.

Reliability is gained thanks to the vast number of servers and networks involved in creating a public cloud. Some public cloud services draw resource from many data centres so if one data centre went offline and individual cloud services wouldn’t suffer. And furthermore, if one physical component fails the cloud service would still run unaffected on the remaining components.

Anytime anywhere computing as all that is required to access a public cloud is an internet connection. This means organisations can establish remote access to IT infrastructure and online document collaboration from multiple locations.

Flexibility thanks to Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service offered from a public cloud as well as cloud based web hosting and development environments.
 All of these services can also be provided from private and hybrid clouds too.

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