Hybrid Network Environments: Optimizing IT Infrastructures in 2023

Historically, every household had its own water well.

Today, public utilities provide clean water to everyone by turning on a tap. Cloud computing works in a similar way. Like running water from a tap, hybrid network environments can be turned on and off quickly. As with the water company, a dedicated workforce ensures that the Cloud service provided is safe, secure and always available.

A hybrid network is a type of cloud computing that integrates on-premises technology with a public cloud. Data and applications can travel between the two environments thanks to hybrid clouds. Many of the company’s products use a hybrid cloud strategy to solve business imperatives such as meeting data sovereignty and regulatory requirements, maximizing on-premises technology investment, or addressing low latency challenges.

Cloud computing empowers

The Cloud provides access to data from anywhere, anytime and on any compatible device. This mobility speeds processes, improves communication, and empowers remote employees. Moving to the cloud can save money by freeing IT staff from day-to-day responsibilities, freeing them to focus on improving operations and growing the business. 92% of organizations have or are developing a multi-cloud strategy and 82% of large enterprises have implemented a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

With the rapid shift to remote work during the pandemic, many organizations that had not previously used cloud deployments quickly realized the value and importance of doing so. This demand has continued to rise. According to a recent study, 16% of all employees work remotely, with 62% preferring a hybrid work environment. Many employees today have the flexibility to work when, how and where they want on a variety of tasks. This could include a few days of office collaboration, in-depth work at home on others, and working from a coffee shop while traveling. Employers face challenges in adapting to and meeting these needs, but reap the benefits of long-term employee satisfaction, productivity and retention.

Hybrid networking is an excellent storage and scalability solution because it allows businesses to scale up or down their storage based on ongoing demand. Multi-cloud providers should ideally work together seamlessly so organizations can invest in any level of space, security, and protection based on the needs of each data segment. Administrators can align their business requirements with the best cloud hosting providers for each business by incorporating multiple clouds into a company’s IT strategy. Organizations may choose one provider based on its fast loading speed, while another provider may guarantee better terms of service agreement. Users can achieve a high level of agility by having more options and matching each part of their business to a specific vendor’s install and run terms.

Cloud protection

Cloud adoption and the rise of remote working have extended the enterprise perimeter, increasing the attack surface, and the continued move to a hybrid cloud will further increase this attack surface. According to a recent survey, 80% of organizations have experienced at least one cloud security incident in the past year, and 27% of organizations have experienced a public cloud security incident. However, cloud storage can be built from the ground up to ensure maximum data security. Since cloud service providers are responsible for the security of their infrastructure, they can ensure that an organization has all the necessary data protection capabilities. The security of a corporate network must be evaluated regularly as the infrastructure and software evolve.

Another significant benefit of implementing a multi-cloud strategy is risk management. If one vendor’s infrastructure fails or is attacked, a multi-cloud user can quickly switch to another service provider or back up to a private cloud. The risk can be reduced by using redundant and independent systems that provide robust authentication mechanisms, vulnerability testing and consolidation of API resources. A multi-cloud solution can help protect a company’s critical data by providing backup and recovery capabilities that ensure business continuity in the event of an emergency, whether caused by a driving breakdown or a natural disaster.

The future is hybrid

A hybrid cloud network is a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, storage, and virtualization resources into a single system. Modern businesses rely on data centers to provide the compute, storage, network, and management resources needed to house critical business data and workloads. However, data centers are notoriously complex places where many vendors compete to deliver a plethora of devices, systems and software.

Challenges to consider include compatibility issues in syncing, security issues around data handling, access management protocols, and the glaring skills gap in bringing it all together. Fortunately, strategies and tools exist to help solve the complications of hybrid management and create a streamlined approach across environments. Cloud migration is well underway for many organizations, driven by a variety of business factors and accelerated in many cases by the pandemic.

About the author

Alan Hayward is Sales and Marketing Manager at SEH Technology. SEH is a manufacturer of high quality network solutions. With over 30 years of printing and networking experience, we have deep and broad solution capabilities in areas for all types of business environments. We develop and produce all products at our headquarters in Germany. Worldwide distribution is via our subsidiaries in the US and UK and an extensive network of partners, distributors and resellers.

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