How Hybrid IT Architecture Can Transform Your Business
By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on June 4, 2020
Cloud computing technology is often treated as a singular solution that provides a one-size-fits-all remedy to any IT problem an organization encounters. In reality, cloud services are both complex and numerous. Just about every software application, computing infrastructure, or programming architecture can be provisioned as a cloud service today, which makes it more important than ever for businesses to understand what type of cloud computing services they need, why they need them, and how to implement them. Nowhere is this more evident than in the development of hybrid IT environments that deliver customizable solutions to organizations with diverse computing requirements.
Understanding the Shift Towards Multi-Cloud Frameworks
According to a recent study by TECHnalysis Research, organizations are increasingly relying upon cloud platforms for their enterprise workloads. Databases, analytics, and web hosting lead the way when it comes to actual use cases for cloud computing, but companies aren’t relying on a single platform to host all of their cloud workloads. In fact, approximately 40 percent of them are using a hybrid IT architecture that combines a private cloud with multiple public cloud platforms. More importantly, most companies expect that number to increase throughout 2020 and 2021.
The reasons for this growth in hybrid IT is actually quite straightforward: today’s organizations need access to a variety of tools to meet their business goals. The average company is using five different cloud platforms, but the number can actually be much higher for enterprises that deploy multiple SaaS applications. Different departments within an organization have different requirements that call for unique cloud solutions. Cloud computing services have become increasingly specialized, making it hard for a company to settle upon a unified, all-in-one solution.
A sales department, for instance, is most likely using Salesforce to manage its customer relationships, while a marketing department may be building and executing its campaigns through HubSpot. Software developers, meanwhile, need access to PaaS tools to create new digital products. Additional departments within the same company may have other needs, creating a complex network environment in which certain types of data must be able to travel across multiple platforms without compromising security controls. Authorized users within the organization must also be able to utilize several platforms without having to manually switch between systems constantly.
What is a Hybrid IT Environment?
The ideal solution to this challenge is a hybrid IT environment that supports a multi-cloud architecture. As a public/private networking solution, hybrid IT is best conceptualized as an enterprise server or virtual private cloud situated at the center of a sprawling web, with each strand connecting to separate public cloud providers. Hybrid IT deployments allow organizations to retain absolute control over their core assets, essential applications, and mission-critical data while still leveraging the scalable and versatile power of cloud computing.
Private components of this network often consist of servers housed in a private or colocation data center. Increasingly, organizations are moving away from private facilities to take advantage of the power efficiencies, reliability, and connectivity options of a colocation facility. These private environments are typically governed by a strong information security policy that ensures data is handled carefully to avoid a damaging breach.
Moving outward, organizations can then connect multiple cloud providers back to their central IT systems, making it easy to host computing workloads in the ideal platform and shift data between different cloud environments as needed. When selecting which cloud platforms to adopt, however, companies need to make sure they understand each provider’s terms with regards to handling data to avoid vendor lock-in.
How Megaport Can Ensure Reliable Cloud Access
Implementing a hybrid IT environment can be a challenge, especially if the organization needs a flexible solution that allows them to easily provision new services as they’re needed. Oftentimes, the easiest solution is to place hardware assets in a colocation facility and then connect them to a software-defined network (SDN) service. These virtual networks provide a centralized hub for low latency connectivity to multiple cloud providers.
vXchnge data centers, for example, offer versatile hybrid IT connectivity through Megaport, which provides access to multiple cloud services through a single interconnection point. Once connected to the Megaport network, colocation customers can mix and match their cloud applications to connect their systems to a variety of networks. Since the service offers access to multiple cloud services over a single connection point, it’s much easier to keep that connection secure and limit the impacts of latency to ensure high levels of performance.
Maintain Access to Your Cloud Platforms With a Colocation Provider Like vXchnge!
Regardless of its size and resources, building and managing a hybrid IT environment doesn’t have to be an insurmountable challenge for any organization. vXchnge data centers provide robust connectivity options within a secure, carrier-neutral marketplace that helps them avoid the risks associated with vendor lock-in. With direct cloud on-ramps and Megaport access, our customers have the flexibility to provision the cloud services they need to undertake a true digital transformation.
As the Marketing Manager for vXchnge, Kaylie handles the coordination and logistics of tradeshows and events. She is responsible for social media marketing and brand promotion through various outlets. She enjoys developing new ways and events to capture the attention of the vXchnge audience.