Having access to, and the ability to generate insights from, high-quality data is a game-changer for organisations. Not only are the majority of enterprises beginning to recognise how data insights enable innovation and optimisation, they are waking up to the need to secure a foot-hold in the expanding digital and data economy. With Cisco estimating that 94 per cent of workloads will be hosted in cloud data centres by 2021, enterprises ignoring the cloud and the data insights it affords will be firmly in the minority.
The public cloud has been generating buzz for the best part of a decade now, yet it is only in recent years that Fortune 500 companies have begun to execute their own cloud strategy. A large component of the debate surrounding whether enterprises should embrace cloud migration is that it is often presented as an either/or proposition. This is to say that enterprises are often presented with the choice of either retaining their on-premises data centres or migrating it all to the cloud. For enterprises torn between choosing an exclusively cloud-based strategy or an entirely on-premise one, both options have their own associated advantages. Staying on-premises offers greater control of data and security. On the other hand, moving to the cloud could lower costs (but only if well-managed) and allow for greater flexibility.
However, what the last couple years have taught us is that the choice between on-premise and cloud is no longer binary. Instead, organisations can get the best of both worlds by partially leveraging a cloud solution while still making use of their on-premise environments. This is known as a hybrid-cloud strategy. The appeal of a hybrid-cloud strategy is strong. It allows enterprises security and control where it is needed while still offering flexibility and lower costs as well. This is precisely why an increasing number

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