For organizations that are looking to invest in IT Modernization for better resiliency, flexibility, and higher availability, the hybrid cloud platform is the go-to platform to get the best of all environments. The hybrid cloud combines and integrates public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises infrastructure to provide a single, unified and flexible distributed computing environment where an organization can have data and workload portability and application orchestration across multiple computing environments. 

Hybrid cloud solutions empower enterprise organizations to: 

  • Coordinate workloads between public and private cloud as circumstances change 
  • Orchestrate processes across multiple applications 
  • Have greater control and governance over IT expenditures and resources 

To meet the changing market needs, many major companies are already using a hybrid cloud approach. In fact, a recent study commissioned by IBM and conducted by an outside consulting company shows that enterprises that switch their technology and operating models to fully hybrid cloud platforms are more likely to get 2.5x the total business value of a public-only cloud approach. 

The new generation of hybrid cloud is built on a foundation of Red Hat® OpenShift® that allows you to skill once, build once, and manage from a single pane of glass. IBM has the most qualified and experienced professionals in the hybrid approach and has helped organizations drive digital transformation with security, automation, data insights, prediction and modernization in any cloud environment. 

Let’s have a look at the various advantages of the unified hybrid cloud platform. 

Improved developer productivity: By expanding adoption of Agile and DevOps methodologies, a unified hybrid cloud platform streamlines team collaboration and increases team productivity by enabling development teams to develop once and deploy to all clouds. 

Greater efficiency: By providing more granular control over resources, development, and IT operations, the hybrid cloud helps companies rapidly modernize applications, and connect cloud services to data on the cloud or on-premises infrastructure that deliver new value. 

Accelerated business transformation: A unified hybrid cloud platform enables business transformation by offering capabilities that seamlessly integrates tasks across different types of clouds and entire IT infrastructures. With a hybrid cloud platform, an organization can harness the full range of capabilities needed for shorter product development cycles, faster delivery of applications, accelerated innovation and time-to-market, faster response to customer feedback, and faster integration and combination with partners or third parties to deliver new products and services. 

Improved data security and laws: A unified platform provides an organization with best-of-breed cloud security and regulatory compliance technologies. The platform allows businesses to store their most sensitive data in on-premises data centers and enforce security and compliance in a consistent manner across all environments. 

Enhanced disaster recovery and ensure business continuity: Hybrid cloud solutions give organizations greater flexibility when it comes to running on-premises or on public cloud infrastructure. With this portable flexibility, organization can execute its disaster recovery strategy and ensure business continuity by avoiding service outages and unplanned downtime that negatively impacts the customer experience.  

Reduce IT spending and operational costs: With hybrid cloud platform, organizations can invest in just few servers and rely on public cloud vendors to supply additional resources to meet customer expectations during times of peak demand. This results in higher utilization rates for IT resources at a lower cost of ownership and reduced IT spending. 

Drive innovation: Hybrid cloud solutions are driving innovation, empowering organizations to better meet the needs of their customers, and making easier for organization to use public cloud resources to develop and test, and deploy application when needed. Organizations with hybrid cloud capabilities can enjoy the best performance, lowest cost, and most reliable service by implementing best-of-breed technologies to support every application workload.  

Summing it up, hybrid cloud platforms help organizations maintain their high-quality customer experiences in periods of high application demand, reduce the total ownership cost of information technology, increase operational efficiency within an IT organization, and accelerates innovation.