Back in December, IDC predicted that the global cloud market would grow significantly in 2015, thanks in large part to increasing interest in the hybrid cloud and rising confidence in cloud security and reliability. As we enter the fourth quarter of 2015, hybrid cloud adoption shows no signs of slowing down. Many organizations view the hybrid cloud model as a way to get the best of both worlds – the economic advantages of the public cloud and the security of the private cloud.
In fact, a more recent survey from Peer 1 Hosting led researchers to conclude that hybrid cloud deployments will probably triple by 2018, surpassing on-premises and public cloud solutions, but still trailing private cloud systems. The number one driver behind the emergence of hybrid cloud use, according to the study, is cost savings (49 percent), followed by the need to improve processes and operational efficiency (45 percent).
As the name suggests, a hybrid cloud incorporates both private cloud and public cloud services, often using orchestration to dynamically shift workloads between the two as business needs change. For example, an organization will typically use the private cloud for mission-critical workloads that involve storing and transmitting sensitive company or customer data. A public cloud is often used to handle less critical workloads and data.
A key advantage of the hybrid cloud is that it allows applications in the private cloud to “borrow” computing resources from the public cloud during peak times. Instead of overprovisioning to account for spikes in demand, organizations can simply expand public cloud resources as needed and pay for what they need. Of course, reliable network connectivity and robust security are essential if critical data and applications are going to move back and forth between private and public clouds with minimal risk of disruption, downtime or data loss.
AT&T NetBond is a network-enabled cloud solution designed to ensure a secure, reliable connection between your virtual private network and applications hosted by an ecosystem of 13 cloud providers. AT&T NetBond combines private cloud security, control and performance with public cloud efficiency and scalability. Key features include:
- Enterprise-grade network security
- Automated, centralized routing to isolate customer environments
- Network monitoring and management
- Dynamic bandwidth flexing and optimization
- Automated resource allocation and network management
- Fast service management through a self-serve portal
- On-demand scalability for both the network and cloud infrastructure
By bringing together networking and computing resources and automating previously manual functions, AT&T NetBond is helping to expand hybrid cloud adoption. For small-to-midsize businesses in particular, AT&T NetBond and the hybrid cloud provide functionality and workload management options that didn’t previously exist while enhancing network security. In a nutshell, this solution provides more flexibility without compromising performance, availability, or security.
As an AT&T Platinum Solution Provider, IPC Technologies is uniquely qualified to help organizations take full advantage of AT&T NetBond. Let us show you how a hybrid cloud model powered by AT&T NetBond can create a more efficient, flexible and secure IT environment.