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Why we’ve launched a secure connection to the public cloud

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A report released by Gartner last year found that just 15% of enterprises currently use hybrid cloud, but it predicts that this approach will hit the mainstream as soon as a year from now. While it’s only currently part of the IT infrastructure for a select few, we’re certainly moving towards an era of widespread hybrid cloud adoption. It’s a positive move forward. We’ve identified that many successful cloud installations come from mixing public cloud with an on-premise solution. This is a key reason for launching a new service that provides a private and secure link to public clouds: Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure or VMware’s Cloud Air. We’re committed to helping our customers move towards a hybrid cloud environment in a low-cost way and enable them to reap its benefits, that include high availability and the ability to scale storage space up and down as required; all of which we offer without the need for the internet. But what will ultimately drive the forthcoming popularity of hybrid cloud, as Gartner predicts?

The long-term trend points towards organisations having a ‘public cloud first’ approach. Microsoft and Amazon building data centres here in the UK suggests that the distant future will see the use of public cloud over on-premise as a first consideration: mainly because it’s simple to provision quickly for non critical apps and data. But there is a long way to go before we adjust to this new norm. For a lot of organisations, going from purely on-premise to public cloud is too much of a jump; hybrid cloud provides a pragmatic and evolutionary way to take advantage of the benefits cloud brings.

But despite this, some organisations are struggling to face hybrid cloud head on. A recent Redcentric survey found that 96% of private sector firms have concerns about integrating on-premise with public cloud. This is largely down to control issues. Organisations moving from an on-premise to hybrid solution will go from having control of most of their cloud components to relinquishing this control and relying on third parties to run parts of the solution. The organisation is then faced with the often difficult task of managing several factors of the hybrid cloud environment together, such as identity management, single sign-on, and reporting. This is why a service automation tool is vital in integrating customer solutions across different cloud services, enabling the IT department to regain control of workloads and have greater visibility.

Using hybrid cloud no longer has to mean a disjointed approach to managing your infrastructure. Imagine the simplicity of being able to access infrastructure services you have procured from the likes of Microsoft Azure via a dedicated link on your WAN. Having launched a link to three of the biggest public clouds, we’re committed to creating a more manageable approach for hybrid cloud. And as the link takes away reliance on the internet, you can rest assured that we’re helping you carry it out securely.

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