Hybrid cloud is a term you’ll no doubt have heard being used with increasing frequency, but what is it and why should you be taking notice?
For the past few years, companies have been getting to grips with the concept of cloud-based services, as part of this they have been striving to find the perfect balance between having all their networks and critical system running on premises and pushing everything to the cloud. A natural middle ground has emerged in the shape of the hybrid cloud.
Essentially, hybrid cloud is a computing infrastructure that incorporates two different types of cloud provision, combining a public cloud provider (such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure) with a private cloud platform, one that's designed for use by a single organization. Although these two infrastructures operate independently of each other, they communicate over an encrypted connection, using technology that allows them to exchange data or applications as and when required.
The idea behind this is that it offers companies the best of both worlds: it gives them the freedom to control their data and applications when needed; while also retaining the flexibility that is offered by self-provisioning, on-demand cloud infrastructures.
Some examples of how you might use a hybrid cloud infrastructure include 'cloud bursting', where a workload might be initiated in a private cloud but have tasks offloaded to the public cloud when the local network runs out of capacity.
Alternatively, you might want operate a split a system, where some components run in a private cloud and others in the public cloud. For example, you might want to run particularly sensitive workloads on a private cloud, whereas your less critical workloads can be hosted with a public cloud provider.
Companies using a hybrid strategy might look to use the public cloud for their test/development applications, email and CRM, alongside business functions such as HR and accounting. The private cloud workloads will then tend to be more mission critical or sensitive items, plus heavy data analysis applications.
Real Benefits to Companies Operating in a Hybrid Cloud Environment
Hybrid cloud’s biggest advantages lie in the ability to secure a flexible middle ground where all your workloads are treated in the most appropriate and cost-effective way. The core benefits can be broken down into these eight key areas:
Including private cloud gives companies the reassurance, that when it comes to the security of their most sensitive operations, they have it covered. It can also make it easier to meet regulatory data handling and storage requirements.
2. Cost Efficiency
Public cloud tends to be more cost-effective than private cloud.
3. Decreased Spending
Using a public cloud infrastructure for applications where security isn’t essential is likely to be more economical in the long run.
While private cloud is scalable, public cloud will always offer more. By moving shift resource heavy processes and workloads to the public cloud, you also reduce the demands on your private cloud.
Hybrid cloud allows companies to explore a variety of options and ultimately find the cloud solution that works best for them.
6. Greater Control
Hybrid cloud gives you far grater control over both the private and public components of your infrastructure than if you were using a prepackaged public cloud platform.
7. Increased Data Speeds
Hybrid networks can be configured to push essential data through private servers instead of public ones, greatly improving load times and data transfer speeds.
8. Increased Connectivity
Hybrid cloud infrastructure can help increase connectivity in the workplace. Public cloud systems do not readily integrate with on-premises hardware, so devices such as printers, scanners, fax machines, and physical security hardware can be a barrier to public cloud adoption. However, by incorporating a private cloud mission-critical devices don’t need to be isolated from the rest of the network.
In short, hybrid cloud adoption can be an effective strategy for a wide variety of businesses. 5nine Software can help you manage and secure your hybrid cloud infrastructure.