As cloud computing technology continues to evolve and gain popularity, many enterprise users may find themselves accidentally operating within a hybrid cloud infrastructure. How?
There are a lot of cloud service providers out there, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Each provider offers a unique set of benefits that appeal to different types of users. Perhaps a company acquires another organization that uses a different cloud environment. Or maybe teams within the same company opt for different providers based on their individual needs.
From these multi-cloud beginnings, organizations are compelled to integrate their disparate applications to provide customers with better service, new features or faster response time. As the applications running in the different clouds become more interconnected, companies find themselves stepping into hybrid cloud environments out of necessity.
There are benefits to picking and choosing providers and services based on your business needs. A company may find that one provider offers a superior email suite while another provides higher security measures for processing customer data.
While there’s nothing wrong with cherry-picking to get what you need, it’s important to consider that each of these companies have different protocols and require different skill sets.
If your team is tasked with learning and memorizing multiple systems, you risk creating division, repetition, and nurturing systems of inefficiency, which can harm your bottom line.
Alternatively, with a hybrid approach, your team can focus on learning 1 singular system to manage your entire portfolio of software services. This allows for a more collaborative work environment, a lower cognitive load for your team members, and higher levels of consistency and efficiency overall.