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Four ways cloud bursting can help you embrace the cloud
By: Scott Jeschonek
Apr. 18, 2016 02:00 PM
Sometime over the last 10 years, the term "cloud" transformed from a big, fluffy collection of water droplets in the sky to the (somewhat daunting) future of IT and a fundamental part of some of the most innovative technologies in the world today. Cloud adoption rates have been increasing steadily over the years due to its compelling economic and technical advantages, allowing organizations to fulfill user requests instantaneously and only for the period of time that they need it. But for every organization that is fearlessly embracing cloud computing and the many benefits it offers, there is another organization that is hesitantly weighing infrastructure options, fearful of taking the leap.
Contributing to this fear of cloud adoption is a common misconception that organizations must move every last byte of data to the cloud from their physical data center in order to reap the benefits. The reality is that existing cloud technology actually enables organizations to pick and choose targeted applications to move, allowing them to take advantage of immediate results from cloud computing while leaving other data stored in their physical infrastructure. Workflows across many industries are being driven by ever-increasing amounts of data, causing demand for infrastructure that can explode beyond an organization's datacenter capacity very quickly. Enter cloud bursting, removing one of the biggest barriers facing organizations considering leveraging the cloud: dynamic expansion of compute power.
What exactly is cloud bursting? I define cloud bursting as a deployment model that allows applications running in the data center to "burst" into the public cloud and take advantage of high performance computing to meet demand, turning massive amounts of compute cores on and off as needed. This allows organizations to leave the majority of data on premises if needed, reducing risk and minimizing the need to move large files, ultimately saving time.
If your organization is one of the many overwhelmed by the task of moving to the cloud, here are a few key ways you can benefit from cloud bursting:
Cloud bursting allows you to focus on your core business. Cloud bursting's ability to help maintain data security and control while accessing unlimited compute resources enables organizations to focus on core missions and strategic objectives rather than worrying about whether their IT infrastructure can support timelines and requirements. If your organization is considering a move to the cloud to take advantage of cloud bursting, the first step will be to find a high-performance system that can seamlessly onboard the data, and from there you can have the power of just-in-time compute at your fingertips.
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