Why are Enterprises Choosing the Hybrid Cloud & How Does It Work for Secure File Sharing?

by Andrew Mullen on July 14, 2016

It's often hard to tell how an emerging technology will play out when it hits the enterprise. Some things that look like a slam dunk linger, without ever really being adopted. Other things that look far-fetched take off like hula hoops and pet rocks. Who knew? Such is the case with cloud computing. At its onset, it looked like a convenient, low-cost storage option that businesses, particularly enterprises with hefty storage needs, would flock to.

Then came the worries over security, data ownership, etc. But something else happened, which would have been difficult to predict ahead of the game. Enterprises have readily and wholeheartedly adopted the hybrid cloud. Not only does it allow for secure file sharing, there are numerous other benefits, as well. Here's why the hybrid cloud is the Jordache jeans of the cloud computing era.

You Actually Have More Security

Reputable cloud service providers that cater to enterprises are probably better able to secure your data than your in-house team can. It's because security is their primary focus, whereas your IT team specializes in other specific IT skills, like networking or systems design.

With a hybrid cloud, you determine who has access to your cloud environment. You can opt for dedicated servers where security is important, or keep the most sensitive data in-house, while leveraging affordable and convenient storage in the cloud -- such as for archived files and backup data. Since security is the single most important thing cloud service providers do for their enterprise clients, they do it extraordinarily well. Some might argue they do it better than enterprise IT departments can.

With Greater Security Comes Easier Compliance

Security translates into easier compliance. Some auditors frown upon a multi-tenancy situation, but the option to acquire dedicated servers makes this point moot. As companies struggle to keep up with ever-changing legislation (not to mention the public outcry for better handling of their personal data), a hybrid environment allows you to choose which storage environment best balances the need for security and privacy with the need for convenience and cost-effectiveness.

You Have a More Flexible Architecture & More Control

Putting data where it makes the most sense isn't limited to security and compliance issues. It also involves what makes the most sense in terms of convenience. You can continue to add data streams in order to make the most out of big data, but you can also keep the data that needs to be accessed quickly right at home. For instance, you can set up the architecture so that your employees and the applications they use access data from your own data center, while freeing up in-house resources by storing customer-facing data in the cloud. Or, you can leverage a secure file sharing solution in the cloud to allow for easier collaboration among workers, telecommuters, and various branch locations, while keeping your sensitive customer data in-house. Your own teams get to decide what your architecture looks and acts like. The cloud is also ideal for temporary storage, where your developers can test and deploy until their heart's content with no impact to the performance of your in-house storage infrastructure.

You Can Shift Some of the Cost of Storage to the OpEx Side of the Ledger

Move some of your storage costs to the OpEx side of the ledger so that you can get the storage you need without begging and pleading at all the board meetings.

One of the less talked-about benefits of the hybrid cloud is the option to move some of those significant storage costs to the operational side of the ledger. This makes it so much easier to get approval for adding more storage, because cloud storage is cheap and fast to acquire. No more lobbying so long for a CapEx storage expense that your needs double before the original request gets approval. You pay by the month, and pay for only what you need. It's a win-win-win for the business, the financial gurus, and the IT department.

One of the most potent uses for the hybrid cloud is for secure file sharing. A tool that allows you to consolidate data stores and enable access to all employees everywhere (and any time) is not just affordable and convenient, it's also more practical and secure. How does this work? Learn all about it in the Talon FAST video.

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