Health care firms trust the hybrid cloud

Many healthcare organizations have massive amounts of information to store, and housing an expensive datacenter on site is simply not a cost-effective option. This is why hospital inventory management software and other types of data collected by healthcare facilities are being migrated to the hybrid cloud. According to a new study conducted by independent technology market research specialist Vanson Bourne on behalf of Rackspace, 6 in 10 IT decision-makers are seeing a mix of the private and public cloudas the solution to cloud infrastructure concerns.

"The findings of our study indicate that the hybrid cloud is the next cloud for many organizations," said John Engates, chief technology officer of Rackspace. "They may have started with a public cloud-only architecture, but have come to realize the limitations of this approach as they've continued on their cloud journey."

Hybrid cloud use growing in the US
The study revealed 80 percent of organizations in the United States are using the hybrid cloud to house at least part of their applications portfolio. This approach makes sense for healthcare facilities because of how they have to store information.

A blog post for Healthcare IT News written by Maureen Kaplan, director of healthcare cloud and security at Verizon, stated many firms have legacy systems that cannot be easily transitioned to virtualized and flexible architectures, while they also have applications that can be stored off site. A mix between the public and private cloud allows sensitive data to stay in-house, while still being able to take advantage of the benefits of the cloud.

Organizations can truly prosper in the hybrid cloud
The Rackspace study showed 59 percent of respondents trust the hybrid cloud because it gives them the ability to have more control, 54 percent prefer the solution for better security and 48 percent believe it is more reliable. Saving money also plays a role in why healthcare organizations trust the hybrid cloud. Forty-six percent of IT decision-makers said reduced costs are the main advantage they have experienced when operating in the hybrid cloud environment.

Firms that are skeptical of the hybrid cloud should see how Darren Robertson at Action for Children was able to benefit from improving his virtual infrastructure. He said his company decided to transition to a hybrid environment because it allowed the business to seamlessly take on more work. He added that his organization started out using only the public cloud, but as their workloads grew, it became inevitable that the hybrid cloud led to higher levels of productivity.