IT Brief Australia logo
Technology news for Australia's largest enterprises
Partner content
Story image

Public, private or hybrid – what cloud model should your enterprise invest in?

By Contributor
Wed 11 Aug 2021

Article by Infosys associate VP & head of cloud, infrastructure and security services Vikas Tatwani.
 

Enterprises have been harnessing cloud technologies to drive efficiencies and protect existing revenue streams for years — but we’re now at a point where cloud has the potential to be used to fuel profit growth. 

The Infosys Cloud Radar 2021 report — which surveyed 2,500 respondents from enterprises with a minimum turnover of US$500 million — found that when enterprises shift at least 60% of their systems to the cloud, its usage moves from a cost-saving or ‘defensive’ mechanism to one that delivers a competitive edge.

According to our research, Australian and New Zealand companies rank joint first with the U.S. for cloud adoption, having shifted 43% of their IT systems to the platform. And if we continue to push cloud boundaries, new growth opportunities are in touching distance that could boost annual profits in local markets by a further $18 billion. 

So, with cloud adoption accelerating, how can enterprises choose a best-fit model? Here are some best practice tips.
 

Know public from private cloud solutions

Public cloud solutions (e.g., AWS, Google Cloud or Azure) provide scalable and elastic pay-per-use infrastructure that uses leading-edge cloud-native technology and services. These solutions also offer the best low-cost automated security, reducing human intervention and removing cost barriers to boot.

On the other hand, private cloud solutions offer a dedicated hosting platform engineered to address the compliance and capability needs specific to an enterprise, which could include the processing of critical data.

These two offerings are akin to comparing coworking spaces with a leased office agreement. Much like coworking, public solutions offer flexibility, scalability, and the latest features as standard, but could afford lower levels of control over the environment. Private cloud solutions, much like leased offices, allow enterprises to create a setup that’s highly specific to their needs but incurs a higher cost to maintain and update.
 

Explore hybrid-cloud 

Hybrid or multi-cloud setups bring the best of public and private cloud together. However, this setup requires a unified orchestration and workload management layer, alongside robust governance, to reduce complexity and enable secure operations. 

Our Cloud Radar report revealed that while private cloud is the most popular offering (and public the least) in these very large organisations, top-performing enterprises showed a growing preference towards hybrid cloud models. 

It’s the best of both worlds as private cloud is often favoured by large enterprises who have made significant investments in their legacy IT estate, while public cloud can address fast-changing and emerging needs such as eCommerce, data analytics and data science. 

Enterprises in our top two cohorts of cloud performance showed a preference for a hybrid multi-cloud mix. Hybrid multi-cloud deployments can bring together the best features of public and private cloud, but only with the proper orchestration and governance. 

Hybrid multi-cloud provides businesses with greater flexibility by moving workloads between cloud solutions as needs and costs fluctuate while complying with regulatory frameworks and keeping sensitive data on-premises. 
 

The four Cs of cloud

To maintain a high-performance cloud system, decision-makers should keep the four Cs in mind:

  1. Capability: Assess your requirements and the strengths of your cloud providers.
  2. Compatibility: Study how each cloud platform supports and matches your IT architecture and landscape.
  3. Compliance: Ask which cloud platforms offer built-in support that match your regulatory requirements. 
  4. Cost: Negotiate and make thoughtful adjustments based on what capacity is bought across multiple clouds. 

This simple system can be revisited to maintain and optimise cloud setup as businesses go, enabling organisations to enjoy the benefits of harnessing cloud not just as a defensive play but as a competitive advantage. 

This advantage comes in the form of increased speed and new capabilities — including launching new solutions, adding new software functions, expanding processing capacity, fostering collaboration, or applying AI to discover new revenue sources.

A modern cloud approach enables enterprises to continually lay the foundations for future growth; understanding and refining your cloud requirements sits at the forefront of any progressive business strategy.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
LG Electronics
LG Electronics brings on Aussie AV distributor Alloys
LG Electronics Australia Business Solutions has appointed Australian AV distributor Alloys as a new distribution partner.
Story image
Energy
Sustainability huge factor for APAC data centre managers
A new report reveals that 85% of data centre managers in APAC believe that sustainability will significantly impact operations and decision making.
Story image
Pegasystems
Marketing technologies set to increase revenues - study
Marketing leaders say that investment in new marketing technologies (MarTech) will drive significantly increased revenues.
Story image
Equinix
Aussie businesses buckle down on digital tech investments
Australian businesses are planning major investments in digital technologies to support ambitious expansion plans.
Story image
Southern Cross Cable
Southern Cross Cable launches the SX NEXT cable to connect NZ to the world
The new Southern Cross NEXT fibre cable (SX NEXT) is set to connect Australasia to the US and further enhance connectivity between New Zealand, Australia, and the US.
Story image
Telecommunications
WiFi as a Service market to reach $26 billion through 2032
As a result of the easy management of wireless infrastructure over cloud services, WaaS is experiencing rapid growth.
Story image
Infrastructure
Video: 10 Minute IT Jams - An update from Paessler
Sebastian Krüger joins us today to discuss how unified infrastructure monitoring enables MSPs to seamlessly deliver services to their clients.
Story image
Cloud
BT builds on Equinix partnership with new cloud offering
BT has launched a next-generation cloud connectivity offering extending its global network into strategic carrier-neutral facilities (CNFs) and building on its existing partnership with Equinix.
Story image
Enterprise Resource Planning / ERP
Five ways your ERP is letting you down and why it's time for a change
Wiise explains while moving to a new system may seem daunting, the truth is that legacy systems could be holding your business back.
Story image
CSG
To win at 5G, telcos must tame their quoting chaos
The catalogs of CSP (communication service providers) market offerings are set to explode as new digital services emerge, powered by B2B2X business models.
Supply chain
Discover the 4 critical priorities for wholesale distribution businesses in FY23. Are you worried about how supply chain issues may affect your business in 2023?
Link image
Story image
Document Management
Regaining digital trust and enhancing digitisation in Australian Government agencies
Having a digitised ecosystem of documents, tools and data can help bolster security, improve workflow and ultimately create better services.
Story image
Document Management
NZ's FileInvite raises $10M in latest investment round
FileInvite has raised $10 million in Series A investment to fast-forward the extinction of email for requesting and collecting documents online.
Story image
Data Protection
Five signs your business is ready to move to the cloud
Many organisations are thinking about moving to the cloud. But what are the signs you are ready, and what are the reasons to move?
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Decision Inc. partners with provenio.ai to expand offering
Decision Inc. Australia has partnered with provenio.ai to expand its offering to clients in the retail, FMCG, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics sectors.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Dynatrace extends automatic release validation capabilities
Dynatrace has extended its platform release validation capabilities to improve user experience at every stage of the software development lifecycle.
Story image
Documentation
Adobe study finds lack of digital trust and utilisation in Australian Government agencies
New research commissioned by Adobe has revealed a significant lack of digital trust within Australian Government departments, along with the continued underutilisation of key digital processes.
Digital Transformation
Discover the 5 signs your business is ready for a cloud-based ERP. Is your business being left behind as more of your competitors switch to the cloud?
Link image
PwC
WSLHD and PwC’s Consulting Business came together to solve through the challenges of COVID-19. A model of care was developed to the NSW Health Agency for Clinical Innovation guidelines with new technology platforms and an entirely new workforce.
Link image
Story image
Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
LogRhythm updates SIEM Platform with latest innovations
LogRhythm has announced the launch of version 7.9 of the LogRhythm SIEM Platform and updates to LogRhythm NDR and LogRhythm UEBA.
Story image
ASI Solutions
Western Australia CUA panel picks ASI as preferred supplier
Western Australia's Common User Arrangement (CUA) panel has chosen ASI Solutions as a preferred supplier for device hardware.
Story image
Ransomware
Examining the future of ransomware threats with Vectra’s CTO
As customers' valuable data move to the cloud, so will ransomware. What is the current landscape and what do we need to know?
Story image
Samsung
Monitors are an excellent incentive for getting employees back
The pandemic has taught us that hybrid working is a lot easier than we would’ve thought, so how can the office be made to feel as comfortable as home? The answer could be staring you in the face right now.
Story image
Telstra
Ericsson and Ciena, Telstra enhance service capacity for Telstra's optical network
Ericsson, Telstra, and Ciena have announced new enhancements to Telstra's Next Generation Optical Network, which will increase the service capacity of Telstra's optical network to 400 GE (Gigabit per Second Ethernet).
Story image
IDTechEx
The next stage for 5G in thermal materials - IDTechEx
IDTechEx says higher frequency deployments, such as mmWave devices and very different station types such as small cells, present their own technological evolution and, with it, thermal challenges. 
Story image
Sustainability
Honeywell named Frankston facility services provider
Honeywell has been named the joint facility services provider for Frankston Hospital’s AU$1.1 billion redevelopment.
Story image
Media
Registrations for the W.Media Sydney Cloud and Datacenter Convention 2022 now open
Are you a C-Level executive looking to enhance your knowledge in the cloud and data center space in order to get the best results for your company?
Story image
Apple
Jamf introduces new content filtering solution for education providers
Jamf has announced the launch of Jamf Safe Internet, a new offering that looks to deliver a safe online experience to students while offering better management options for admins.
Story image
Wiise
Four things wholesale distributors need to consider for FY2023
In a post-pandemic world, there are many things for a distribution business to juggle. ERP solutions company Wiise narrows down what companies should focus on.
Story image
Metaverse
How the metaverse will change the future of the supply chain
The metaverse is set to significantly change the way we live and work, so what problems can it solve in supply chain management?
Project management
Discover the 4 crucial factors for choosing the right job-costing solution. Is your team struggling to cost jobs and keep projects running on budget?
Link image
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Eight top DevSecOps trends to support IT innovation in 2022
The use of DevSecOps practices is growing, as it is increasingly seen as the best way to produce high-quality and secure code. So what are the current trends?
Story image
Airwallex
How Airwallex helps businesses achieve globalisation success
As markets continue to shift, businesses need to be able to provide the same quality of service for customers regardless of where they are located around the world.
Story image
Cybersecurity
Tech and data’s role in the changing face of compliance
Accenture's study found that 93% of respondents agree or strongly agree new technologies such as AI and cloud make compliance easier.
Story image
ABI Research
75% of 5G networks to advance to 5G-Advanced by 2030
5G-advanced is set to launch in 2025, and 75% of 5G networks will upgrade by 2030, according to ABI Research. 
Story image
Cybersecurity
Without trust, your security team is dead in the water
The rise of cyberattacks has increased the need for sound security that works across any type of business, but with any change, buy-in is essential. Airwallex explains why.
Story image
Accounting
Four factors to consider when choosing the right job accounting solution
Progressive job-based businesses can achieve success by strengthening their ability to quantify every cost attributable to the delivery of an outcome for a customer.
Story image
Storage
EXCLUSIVE: Finding the best data center for your business needs with datacenterHawk
Companies using cloud are consistently looking for the best storage solutions to suit their enterprise needs and often have to go through rather complex processes in order to find the right fit.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Accenture shares the benefits of supply chain visibility
It's clear that gaining better visibility into the supply chain will help organisations avoid excess costs, inefficiencies, and complexity to ultimately improve their bottom line.
PwC
PwC's Consulting Business and PwC's Indigenous Consulting are proud to play an important role in helping Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience build IMAGI-NATION, a free online university for marginalised communities around the world.
Link image
Story image
Payroll
How New South Wales state departments achieved cloud migration success
State departments in New South Wales are heading to the cloud to achieve better workflow solutions, and one company is paving the way for their success.
Story image
Cybersecurity
How organisations can mitigate IoT and IIoT security risks
IoT and IIoT come with inherent risks because they are often deployed faster than they can be secured, putting organisations in danger of cyber threats. Here are tips on how to mitigate those risks.
Productivity
Discover the 5 ways your ERP may be letting you down. Is your current system outdated, difficult to manage, and costing you a fortune?
Link image
Story image
Cybersecurity
Palo Alto Networks' cloud security platform receives IRAP assessment
"We provide help protect all forms of compute, cloud native services and access to data within public and private sectors."