Cloud computing is a solution that organisations everywhere are migrating towards, even if it’s not a full move into the cloud, the onset of subscription services (such as Office 365), means storing company data in the cloud is almost an expectation in today’s world. Cloud migration can be a daunting move if you are used to traditional on-premises methods, fear the complexity or are bound to on-premises servers because of your “line of business” software. This is why there is a hybrid solution that allows the adoption of both cloud and on-premises solutions.
The Hybrid Cloud Solution
So, what is the hybrid cloud? A hybrid cloud is a form of cloud computing that combines both on-premises infrastructures with a public or private cloud – whichever option you find meets your business needs. Adopting a hybrid cloud solution enables you to seamlessly move data and applications between your two environments: on-premises and cloud.
If you want to understand the key differences between on-premises and cloud solutions, find out more here.
How can a Business Implement Microsoft Azure as a Hybrid Solution?
There are many cloud platforms on offer in the digital market; at BITS, we recommend Microsoft Azure cloud services because of the significant benefits it can offer to businesses of all sizes.
The Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud platform enables far greater control over your environments than moving all your data to a third-party cloud data centre. By migrating elements of your on-premises data and applications, you can retain far more control over what you wish to be hosted in the cloud and what you choose to remain on-premises; this means maintaining a private infrastructure for that data which is sensitive and confidential, and therefore, greater security over your assets.
The hybrid cloud allows you to have access to both platforms, enabling you to be flexible in where you store your data and how much you have in each environment. It is not a fixed amount; you can slowly move more data to the cloud when your business is ready. Businesses can seamlessly scale on-premises infrastructures onto the cloud, which has unlimited capacity. By adopting Microsoft Azure cloud services, you can tailor their solutions to your needs.
With Microsoft Azure cloud services, you are only paying for the capacity you require; therefore, as your business grows, so will your hybrid cloud solution, but only when you are ready and on your terms. Also, if one of your on-premises servers needs replacing, the data and applications can be migrated onto Azure without the up-front cost of replacing your older kit. This enables cloud migration to be much more achievable for smaller businesses, with room to grow and accomplish business goals.
Finally, the most beneficial and attractive feature of the hybrid cloud is the ease of transition from on-premises environments towards the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. This means you do not need to be overwhelmed by the complexity of large migrations and take it step by step, so your team and business can adjust to the changes.
The benefits of using Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud services are second to none; it gives your organisation the best chance to innovate, grow and make cloud migration as seamless as possible, without any complications and unexpected costs.
This is just scratching the surface of the possibilities offered with the Microsoft Azure hybrid cloud solution. If you are ready to start the transition, download our Microsoft Azure migration eBook entailing all the information you need to start your migration.