Hybrid Cloud for industrial insurers
Cloud applications are becoming increasingly popular. Both businesses and consumers benefit from easy online access to these web services. This not only makes them independent of their current location, but also allows data to be retrieved from any terminal device. A further advantage is the problem-free scalability. If more storage space is required for customer data or internal documents, it is very easy to adapt the service accordingly. This process takes very little time, so IT can respond immediately to any changes. Professional users benefit greatly from the fact that they can provide their services to customers particularly quickly in this way. However, the cloud model also has disadvantages. A cloud solution is not always recommended, especially when managing data protection-critical information. Because of transmission over the Internet and data storage on external servers, there is a risk of conflicts with security regulations. With a hybrid cloud, however, these difficulties are a thing of the past.
Hybrid cloud: take advantage of different cloud models
In order to protect customer data, it makes sense to set up a private cloud. Thus all information remains in the own enterprise. However, this reduces other advantages that are only guaranteed in a public cloud with an external provider - such as the fast provisioning of services and high scalability. For this reason, many companies use two different clouds. The private cloud is used for data protection-critical applications, while the public cloud is used for all other tasks. This approach is called a multi cloud solution. The different services exist parallel to each other without any interaction between them. A hybrid cloud goes one step further by combining both alternatives in a common portal. This enables uniform structures and thus efficient data management. This ultimately benefits the customer.
Survey shows increasing acceptance of hybrid cloud
A recent survey by NTT Communications shows that the mixed use of different cloud systems is becoming increasingly popular. This shows that 84 percent of the companies surveyed already use a multi-cloud approach. The reasons given for this were high agility, low costs and rapid deployment. The use of hybrid clouds is particularly popular. 63 percent of the participants in the study stated that they had either already developed a strategy for using the hybrid cloud in their company or that there was at least one pilot project for this. Respondents cited security and data protection as the most important reasons for integrating a private cloud. These advantages mean that banks and insurance companies are increasingly considering this alternative. These companies have been very reluctant to use cloud services.