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Open Hybrid Cloud Approach: Scalability, Security, Portability for Education

by Jackie Davis
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From distance learning challenges to shrinking budgets, academic institutions are navigating a new educational environment that is driven by technology and connectivity. With a focus on lowering costs, remaining flexible as needs change, and embracing technology, schools are looking to implement a hybrid cloud approach. What exactly is a hybrid cloud approach? It’s one that offers an array of benefits.

The experts from Red Hat describe it like this: Instead of building a local two-lane road (fixed middleware instances) to connect two interstate highways (a public cloud and a private cloud), you could instead focus on creating an all-purpose vehicle that can drive, fly, and float. Either strategy still gets you from one place to another, but there’s a lot less permitting, construction, permanency, and ecological impact if you focus on a universally capable vehicle.

With this all-purpose hybrid cloud strategy, academic institutions can choose the solution that is best for each workload. Many schools are implementing new applications to enable student success in today’s distance learning environment, and hybrid cloud solutions can ensure these applications are secured, scalable, and agile.

“Hybrid cloud is about a capability. It’s not about an end state. It’s not about having this percentage in public cloud, and this percentage in a private cloud, and this percentage on bare metal. It’s about the ability and the capability to be able to move and adapt and adjust as you see fit, and based upon your needs,” said Stefanie Chiras, Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit, Red Hat.

With a hybrid cloud built on open source code, organizations have realized a 38 percent lower IT platform cost, enhanced security, and agility with the freedom to move between clouds as needed. With an open hybrid cloud strategy, schools can adapt quickly without costly rebuilds and have a consistent foundation to build new applications. “Your operations, development, and security teams can build and manage a full IT stack in a standard, unifying platform that works on bare metal, virtual machines, private clouds, public clouds, and at the edge,” stated a recent article.

“Pretty much every cloud today is built on a Linux foundation. You can’t really be in the cloud business unless you’re in the open business,” said Ashesh Badani, Senior Vice President, Cloud Platforms, Red Hat.

With hybrid cloud powered by open source code, schools can run workloads on any cloud to develop apps faster, automate processes, and enhance security. This focus on portability, scalability, and security, enables educational institutions to see cost optimization, enhanced mission delivery, and more.

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