Hybrid cloud integration gives us the opportunity to dramatically expand our data management toolbox by balancing the familiar functionality of legacy systems with the power and adaptability of the cloud. Hybrid solutions have become so critical to businesses that Gartner estimates that 90% of all organizations will be using a hybrid cloud infrastructure by the year 2020.
For most companies the question of deploying a hybrid cloud solution is not one of if, but when. In this article, we take a closer look at the hybrid cloud and how some companies are using it to innovate and solve problems in ways not possible with on-site servers alone.
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What Hybrid Cloud Can Do For You
The appeal of the hybrid cloud lies in its ability to provide customizable solutions to unique data warehousing needs. Because hybrid solutions are scalable, they offer cost-effective pathways to cloud computing without requiring companies to abandon their on-site servers or legacy systems. Data integration tools make adopting a hybrid solution seamless and efficient, but there are other reasons why companies are choosing to go hybrid.
Many companies find that a hybrid cloud solution allows them to minimize risk while taking full advantage of essential cloud computing functionality. That’s the beauty of hybrid cloud architecture: you maintain total ownership of your data while gaining access to all that the cloud has to offer.
For some, concerns over speed and latency have lead companies to keep their data onsite. But the cloud infrastructure and the internet have evolved to the point where the location of data has little or no impact on delivery time. In fact, cloud solutions often offer faster processing speeds than those available with on-site servers.
The cloud has also demonstrated its ability to provide superior data security in many cases. Cloud providers have access to the most cutting edge security technology and expertise, and are able to monitor and respond to threats quickly and effectively. In addition, cloud providers understand that their reputations and success depend on their ability to protect your data.
In addition to speed and security benefits, the cloud also provides a solution to changing compliance regulations. Companies can retain their data on local or on-site servers while still and still access cloud features. Many cloud integration solutions also automate security and privacy features to help companies remain compliant.
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Hybrid Cloud Architecture
Hybrid cloud integration connects on-premises and local servers with private or public cloud resources in order to expand data management, storage, and processing capabilities. In a hybrid cloud environment, data can be migrated between these connected sources and access to data can be controlled. As a result, companies and organizations can maintain their own private servers for storage, backup, compliance, or security, while simultaneously gaining access to cloud-native capabilities.
For example, a business such as Domino’s might capture, aggregate, and analyze data from multiple external sources such as mobile devices within the cloud before migrating that data to an application running in a privately-hosted environment. Or a firm such as Groupon might put its customer-facing web presence in a public cloud but keep sensitive data in a privately-hosted environment.
The most effective hybrid cloud integration solutions blend tools and services into a service-oriented architecture (SOA) where infrastructure, software, data, and other operations interact in a responsive ecosystem that is managed from a single interface.
Hybrid Cloud Examples
GE Healthcare — Complexity, Compliance, and Data Integration
With over 1 billion annual transactions covering a wide range of sensitive healthcare information, GE Healthcare wanted to integrate multiple sources of data with an architecture that would support its existing databases. With the clock ticking on one of its legacy integration systems, GE turned to Talend to manage the transition without disrupting services to patients or providers. Through an open source, hybrid cloud solution, GE was able to increase the speed and volume of its claims processing in order to provide care quickly while maintaining compliance standards.
TD Bank Group — Reducing Costs to Boost Customer Satisfaction
In order to stay competitive in the rapidly changing financial industry, TD Bank Group knew they had to find ways to innovate, to maintain their high standards of customer service and improve efficiency. One pathway to both goals was to find new ways to manage its mountains of data. With data being generated by internal and external sources, TD Bank Group needed a data management solution capable of collecting, processing, and migrating data between all of its databases. With a big data integration platform, TD Bank found a way forward that allowed them to reduce costs by 13M by making the most of their data, no matter where it was stored.
Hybrid Cloud — What the Future Holds
Hybrid cloud solutions will evolve to play an even bigger role in data management in the near future. Fewer companies and organizations will rely solely on public or private clouds, and the increased use of containerization will allow applications to run in any type of data architecture. Advances in machine learning and the Internet of Things will also facilitate the spread of hybrid cloud and multi cloud solutions as companies grapple with data generated by a range of sources and devices. The result of these approaching realities is that data management is likely to become more complex, even as it continues to drive incredible data insights.
Going Hybrid — Next Steps
There’s never been a better time to try hybrid cloud integration. The benefits offered by the cloud — power, cost-savings, and the capacity for innovation — are now available to any company, at any time, for virtually any data processing or storage task. Cloud computing resources are customizable, compatible with any type of data or legacy system, and efficient.
The main obstacle for companies and organizations seeking to explore hybrid cloud integration may be figuring out how to manage the transition. That’s where a cloud integration platform comes in. Talend Data Management Platform provides a seamless transition between legacy, on-site, private, and public compute resources. And with hundreds of connectors Talend Cloud helps you migrate, store, and process all your data, no matter where it comes from.
Download a free trial of Talend Cloud Integration Platform today and to see how a cloud solution can bring balance to your data management strategy.