The Hybrid Cloud: the next big trend

For many companies in Germany, the hybrid cloud is the cloud model of choice. There are good reasons for this – above all, at first glance the initial hurdles to getting started with it are lower than with other cloud concepts. With these solutions, companies continue to manage part of their data and applications locally. They outsource another part to the cloud.

By the end of 2016, almost half of companies with more than 100 employees want to start working with a hybrid cloud. At least, the 200 companies in a variety of industries which IDC asked about cloud services last year planned to do so. The hybrid cloud seems to be taking off.


Lower Operating Costs

One reason for this is that it can help companies lower operating costs. There is plenty of memory capacity available today, and hybrid cloud solutions now respond to general security requirements – such as German and European data privacy standards.

The most important scenarios, for instance, include backups and long-term backups. These create such large quantities of data that outsourcing them can have significant benefits. In addition, the hybrid cloud is ideal for archiving, and allows the company to file application data which is currently being used.


IT Infrastructure Must Adjust

Of course, as always, companies must provide an IT infrastructure that is compatible with a hybrid cloud. You can’t just jump right in, even with a hybrid cloud structure. Instead, you have to begin by comparing the current status to your targets. Consulting knowledge is a must. It may be necessary to update your existing infrastructure with state of the art technology.

Ultimately, whether a hybrid cloud, a private cloud, or a public cloud is the ideal choice for your company will need to be determined separately in each individual case.