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Some IT experts were skeptical when hybrid cloud storage platforms first emerged in the world of cloud computing; these experts predicted that hybrid cloud—solutions that combine public and private data storage— wouldn’t last. After all, it was believed there would be an eventual shift to public cloud storage. In reality, however, hybrid clouds have become increasingly popular and it’s now becoming clear that they’re here to stay—and for a number of reasons.

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Unrivaled Cost Effectiveness

First of all, setting up a 100% private cloud deployment simply isn’t practical or cost effective for many small- to mid-sized businesses these days. This is especially true for businesses that have a fluctuating workload throughout the year. For these businesses, it wouldn’t make much financial sense to set up a private cloud to handle a large workload when that workload so often changes. With a hybrid cloud platform, businesses get the best of both worlds, maintaining a small and affordable private cloud for sensitive files while still having access to more affordable public cloud storage.

Flexibility With Changing Demands

Speaking of fluctuating workloads, a hybrid cloud platform also makes it easy to meet the demands of a growing company or a changing workload. For example, a company may have a small private cloud deployment in-office in addition to a public cloud. Even as space becomes sparse on the physical, private device, it is possible to free up space by uploading those files to the public cloud. This eliminates the need to upgrade the on-site cloud space, thus improving flexibility of the system overall and saving the company even more money without having an impact on productivity.

Added Security and Peace of Mind

In the event of a disaster (such as a data breach or even a physical disaster that destroys a company’s private cloud hardware), hybrid clouds provide additional security and peace of mind for business owners of all sizes. That’s because when a file is uploaded to the private cloud, a duplicate copy can also be made and stored within the public cloud automatically. In this sense, even if something were to happen to the private cloud, business owners would never have to worry about completely losing all their data; there would always be a backup of some kind.

Compliance With Regulations/Standards

Depending on the industry in which your business operates, there’s a good chance that you could be responsible for following some specific regulations and laws when it comes to data storage and security. Some examples of this include:

  • PCI
  • SOX

Failure to adhere to these industry regulations could result in major problems for your business, but the good news is that a hybrid cloud platform makes it easier to comply with these kinds of laws. For example, HIPAA requires businesses in the medical field to keep copies of all patient records for six years in order to remain in compliance. This could be very difficult and expensive to accomplish on a private cloud alone, which is where having hybrid cloud storage can make all the difference, making it easy to keep patient records safe and secure for as long as is necessary. This could just save your business in the event of an audit.

Overall, there are many reasons to believe that hybrid cloud computing is here to stay, especially for small- and mid-size businesses that need reliable, secure, and flexible storage at a fair price. In fact, if your business isn’t already utilizing hybrid cloud storage, now may be a good time to look into making the switch for yourself. Global Data Systems, Inc. is the trusted choice when it comes to staying ahead of the latest information technology tips, tricks, and news. Contact us at (888) 849-6818 or send us an email at info@GDSConnect.com for more information.

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