We have heard a lot about the cloud in the last years, and what the best option is, i.e., public, private or hybrid. What is a hybrid cloud? Well, it’s the combination of one or more environments of the public and private, which allows greater agility and control on both of them. 

But which hybrid cloud model works for your business? Determining how to design a hybrid cloud depends on how your business uses computing and communications. As technology changes, implementation of these innovative solutions allows companies to transform the way they operate today and give a new momentum to their processes. 

According to IDC’s most recent research, FutureScape –Global IT Industry 2022 Forecast[1] – Implications in Latin America for 2023 – 80% of businesses will use cloud-related services. 

An infrastructure in the cloud allows companies to be adaptable, scalable, and resilient, bringing them closer to the latest digital technologies, which facilitates the necessary innovation to achieve business units’ goals. 

An example of a hybrid cloud would be a private cloud (in your own data center or with a hosting partner) with critical data, and non-critical information as part of a public cloud. 

That’s why hybrid clouds allow companies to deploy workloads in private IT environments or public clouds and move between them as computing needs and costs change. 

According to Gartner[2] the cloud industry is projected to grow significantly in the coming years, eventually accounting for more than 45% of all business investment on IT by 2026. Trends (cloud ubiquity, regional cloud ecosystems, sustainability, and CIPS automated infrastructure) are driving this massive growth in the amount of money spent on public cloud. In fact, the consulting firm foresees that the global revenues linked to the cloud would reach 474 billion dollars by 2022[3]

Since every company is different, there is no right or wrong way to adopt this technology. In general, IT requires a fair amount of capital, and the business will want to get a good return on their investment. A hybrid cloud deployment is about efficiency; please, find more details about adoption benefits below: 

  • Low Latency. Edge Computing promises to revolutionize latency, with near real-time responses. It will be particularly useful to process close to where the transactions happen, e.g., for Internet of Things (IoT), since data will not travel long distances to a Data Center, since the processing of large information volumes takes place as close as possible to the user or source that produced them. The final outcome is information generated at higher speed for decision making purposes.
  • Reduced IT investments. A hybrid cloud encompasses a combination of investments in dedicated infrastructure with pay-per-use public cloud resources. This is why a hybrid infrastructure architecture provides the best of both worlds. In addition, centralized management allows for better productivity.
  • Storage space Data warehouses are one of the most diverse, dynamic, and geographically sensitive components of the IT infrastructure, this is why having a wide range of solutions offered by the hybrid cloud model is essential to implement an efficient data management solution aligned with the regulations that govern them.
  • Scalability and flexibility The underlying idea in a hybrid cloud is that static workloads run within the corporate infrastructure (private cloud), while more elastic workloads can be sent to a public cloud.
  • Last but not least, having faster services Cloud helps you adapt to on-demand IT needs. There is no need to acquire additional hardware and hire a team to manage it.

Implementing hybrid cloud will be a critical step in expanding business capabilities, increasing IT agility with seamless and secure connections to major cloud providers, and flexible management of public clouds, private clouds, and IT, as well as to tackle the challenges imposed by the 4th Industrial Revolution. 


[1] https://www.bloomberglinea.com/2022/01/09/estas-son-las-5-tendencias-que-se-impondran-en-el-2022-en-la-industria-ti/ 

[2] https://www.gartner.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/2020-11-17-gartner-forecasts-worldwide-public-cloud-end-user-spending-to-grow-18-percent-in-2021 

[3] https://www.ituser.es/cloud/2021/12/cloud-crecera-como-pilar-que-sustenta-las-nuevas-experiencias-digitales-segun-gartner

Jon Paul "JP" McLeary

Gabriel del Campo
Regional VP of Data Center, Cloud & Security
Lumen, LATAM

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