The hybrid cloud, a lever of profitability for SMEs

Many small and medium-sized companies use the cloud to quickly access large amounts of resources or innovative services. And many use one or more in-house servers to securely support many digital needs (email, printing, file sharing, databases, etc.) and host virtual machines that are critical in business. But not all of them make a link between the two and continue to operate in separate environments. A gap between the two worlds that prevents them from reaping all the benefits of a cohesive hybrid cloud. According to the results of an ESG study, mid-market companies with consistent hybrid cloud management expect a 23% increase in revenue over the next few years, compared to 8% for those that don’t implemented an operating model hybrid1. Therefore it is not just a technical question, but a matter of profitability for SMEs.

Scale without overprovisioning

Coherent hybrid clouds have a direct impact on the efficiency of a business. According to a report by analyst firm Aberdeen, nearly 80% of SMBs that use it are seeing increased IT agility, reduced risk and reduced costs. computer2. There are so many benefits that enable IT teams to better respond to the changing needs of businesses and support the evolution of activity. To achieve this, they must rely on infrastructures that are natively designed for seamless integration into the cloud ecosystem and offer unified management tools.

The entry-level Dell PowerEdge T440 server, for example, offers perfect versatility for SMEs or large corporate branches and remote offices, and is cloud-ready certified. That is, it ensures data mobility and consistent operation of workloads on site or in the cloud. It is particularly hopeful for this in a close integration of VMware technologies, which form a common basis for the two environments. Thus, virtual machines can be easily transferred and resources are managed from a centralized interface. This integration will bring immediate benefits, both in terms of scalability and cash flow. In the event of peak load or business growth, companies can quickly provide additional capacity in the cloud. They are no longer forced to invest large sums to prepare for the future by overprovisioning their infrastructure in the area.

A DRP (Disaster Recovery Plan) in just a few clicks

Another great benefit of hybrid cloud for an SME is the ability to protect its data more securely and more efficiently and thus strengthen the stability of its business. The all-in-one Dell PowerProtect DP4400 appliance includes all the hardware and software needed to back up business information, with native built-in replication, recovery, deduplication, restore, search and evaluation. But it also allows you to implement disaster recovery or long-term maintenance strategies in the public cloud, by moving virtual machines backed up to locations on AWS or Azure for example. Failover takes 3 clicks and failback takes 2 clicks3.

Here again, the hybrid cloud is a business asset for SMEs, thus protecting themselves from prolonged delays of their activity in case there is an incident with their information system. According to figures from the Dell Global Data Protection Index 2021 study, the average amount of unplanned downtime last year was $ 513,067. By using an infrastructure designed for the hybrid cloud, SMBs protect their data, business and profitability.

1Trusted Data Center and Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices and Business Results from Midsize Companies, ESG, November 2019.

2Aberdeen Group: The IT Benefits From a Hybrid Cloud Approach Continue to Grow, 2019

3Based on Dell’s internal testing, February 2020.

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