The cloud is gaining confidence in small and medium-sized businesses from a worldwide scale. Businesses from various sectors and sizes, whether in finance, technology, education or media, can see its rich features and resources that drive progress and efficiency of daily operations.
The cloud, whilst its vastness of scope undergoes continual development, it provides opportunities for innovation and invention of disruptive technology as the adoption rate rises in different countries. In Hong Kong, the cloud adoption rate stands at 84%, according to a recent study comprised of 712 IT decision makers. There’s also a balance adoption among the three models: public cloud at 34%, private cloud at 36% and hybrid cloud at 30%.
The hybrid cloud rewards SMBs more flexibility in terms of architecture since it’s a combination of private and public clouds, allowing them to design the infrastructure according to the functions and the needs of the business.
Create your best-fit infrastructure
In search for the right solutions from the cloud, it may include mixing the public and private cloud, and soon company’s IT managers and assistants would require cloud and dedicated servers for its website and business applications. That’s how hybrid solution provides the best fit infrastructure for SMBs to match their specific needs since they can take control of what’s in and out of the infrastructure itself.
Dynamic scalability for public cloud
If they need dynamic scaling, the public cloud in a hybrid environment provides quick access and spin of the cloud servers as an on-demand service. Since the cloud offers pay-as-you-go subscription plans, it’s beneficial for startups and SMBs that have limited capital in the initial run. They can pay for what they use with affordable rates, and if the demand grows, they can scale resources especially during the peak seasons whilst websites and e-commerce websites experience traffic spike.
Efficiency in dedicated hosting
As the business expands, it may even outpace the scalability, whereas the databases would be efficiently processed in dedicated servers in a hybrid solution. SMBs are given the quickest and efficient ways to process, store and back up heterogeneous data at different frequencies. For ultra-fast performance, reliability and steady-state traffic, dedicated hosting is needed. Cloud vendors have a team of IT specialists and engineers to maintain them with a managed service account while SMBs focus on building and expansion.
Mobile app development and testing
There’s a way to reduce the amount of effort to develop mobile apps and take advantage of the physical features of mobile devices with a hybrid app development. A hybrid app can be downloaded and mobile cloud app operates all or some of its UI (user interface) in an embedded mobile browser component. With apps like these, SMBs in app development and publishing industries can rely on a hybrid solution that allows them to code, host and test apps. There are cloud vendors that offer mobile cloud stacks that are already pre-configured in the backend, reducing the complexity of and efforts for configurations.
Addressing of complex storage requirements
For media businesses, the hybrid solution addresses the complexity of storage requirements, whether to store rich media files for video streams or apps that need off loading onto a server so users can access them if needed. Regardless of the industry, the hybrid solution includes a private cloud where SMBs can take control of the servers with enhanced security.