Not long ago, communicating was fairly simple, even if it wasn't especially fast or efficient. If you couldn’t meet with someone in person, you could leave a voicemail or shoot off an email. I like to call it the “Age of Waiting.” You’d spend a lot of time just waiting around for the person to get back to you.
Now, of course, we have all kinds of ways of reaching people quickly, thanks to ever-evolving technology. And while that’s all good, it makes life more complicated for those who manage that technology.
It’s no secret that businesses have been moving functions to the cloud to more easily and efficiently manage their technology, communications, and business applications. As real-time communication becomes the rule, not the exception, many businesses have opted to move whole hog from their premise-based systems to cloud-based platforms.
But why are we hearing so much about the hybrid cloud lately? What is it? What are the benefits? Hybrid cloud describes a system where you use elements of both on-premises and cloud-based communications platforms together. Not every business is ready to make the move straight into the cloud and hybrid cloud systems are becoming popular for a variety of reasons.
Reasons Why You Should Consider A Hybrid Cloud System
- Perhaps your company invested heavily in hardware and isn’t ready to ditch it, but knows the cloud offers advantages. Hybrid cloud systems give you the flexibility to subscribe to hosted/cloud services for some applications and use on-site technology for others.
- Maybe you want to stagger your transition to the cloud, migrating some sites and maintaining your on-premise system at main locations.
- You might want to take advantage of a subscription-based model for functions and applications like contact centers or call recording. For example, you could keep your voice services on-premise and have your chat, video, and conferencing features hosted in the cloud.
The hybrid cloud system can be helpful if your company has major security-compliance requirements to meet. Some businesses are required to manage sensitive data on-site. Other functions that do not involve security risks, however, could be moved to the cloud.
The Hybrid Cloud is More than Hype
In sum, the hybrid cloud isn’t all hype. It’s gaining popularity because it offers flexibility and choice. In other words, moving communications to the cloud doesn’t have to be an an-all-or-nothing option.
There’s no going back to the simpler days of the “Age of Waiting.” That’s a good thing for communications, and the hybrid cloud approach gives you the flexibility to move what makes sense to the cloud when it makes the most sense for your company.