Hardware vs Cloud

Consider These Factors to Decide Whether to Consider Hybrid Cloud or New Hardware

When hardware reaches the end of its life, IT leaders have a choice. On one hand, they can choose to purchase similar on-premises equipment with CAPEX. On the other hand, they can reconsider whether their on-premises environment is meeting their cost and performance needs. For many companies, aging hardware (or a sudden need for additional storage space or compute resources) may present an ideal opportunity to consider a hybrid cloud strategy.

What is a hybrid cloud strategy? At the most basic level, a hybrid cloud strategy involves provisioning portions of your IT environment in on-premises databases and other portions in one or more public clouds. This strategy allows many firms to position each one of their applications in the most cost-effective location while still meeting performance requirements.

Here are three examples of what a hybrid cloud environment might look like in three different industries:

Professional Services Firm: Host long-term data storage in on-premises databases and spin up Storage as a Service (StaaS) deployments when there is a sudden need for new storage space to support a large account or legal case.

Healthcare Facility: Provision public cloud resources to host a patient-physician portal, on-premises databases for personnel records, and private and public cloud-based storage for medical imaging files.

Mid-sized manufacturer: Store old, no longer used files and track and trace data in an on-premises EMC box with backup to private cloud environment, store work-in-progress designs, prototypes, and recent track and trace data using Storage as a Service (STaaS), and run pick and pack software applications in the public cloud.

The biggest benefit of hybrid cloud environments is that they give your organization greater flexibility to create an IT environment that is perfectly tuned to your business’s unique data management challenges.  As you begin to consider whether you should repurchase additional on-premises hardware, it’s an ideal time to consider whether a hybrid cloud strategy will help your organization. Factors to keep in mind when considering whether to purchase new on-premises hardware or to move to the cloud include:

  • Are your IT bills too high on-premises? Migrating some or all of your data from an on-premises database to a hybrid cloud service provider can allow you to pay for only what you use as you use it—instead of paying for maximum capacity to accommodate occasional peaks.
  • Do you need to use OPEX instead of CAPEX? While investing in a new on-premises data center may require an organization to request a substantial CAPEX investment, choosing to store data with STaaS or to leverage cloud-based compute resources allows organizations to use OPEX instead of CAPEX.
  • Will you face the same decision to purchase an on-premises box or migrate to the cloud in the future? Eventually, the new hardware an organization purchases to replace its old hardware will reach the end of its life—which will mean repeating the cycle with another CAPEX investment in a few years. But when organizations migrate their infrastructure to a hybrid cloud, the hybrid cloud service provider will manage all upgrades.
  • Does your current IT environment allow for full visibility and transparency? In addition to strategic cost management, a hybrid cloud strategy can also improve accessibility of data. For example: food businesses can access track and trace data more easily in the event of a recall.
  • Is each application taking advantage of the best possible storage and memory resource? In an on-premises environment, your options may be relatively rigid. With a hybrid cloud strategy, companies can select the ideal storage and compute option for each application to maximize both cost and performance.

More than simply storing data or running applications in multiple locations, a hybrid cloud strategy is about managing your environment to ensure that your environment is always optimized to meet your performance requirements without running over budget. One of the most important questions you’ll need to answer is, “Does my team have the expertise to manage this new environment?” If the answer is “Not sure,” or “Maybe not,” IPR Secure is here to help.



Contact a team member today to learn more about how to decide whether a hybrid cloud strategy is right for your business.

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