The cloud landscape has changed substantially over the last few years, and cloud services now include public, private and hybrid cloud. 451Research estimates that “69% of enterprises will have multi-cloud/hybrid IT environments by 2019, but greater choice brings excessive complexity”. In this post, we briefly define hybrid cloud and detail the benefits of using hybrid cloud.
What is hybrid cloud?
As the major cloud providers all approach the concept of hybrid cloud differently, and because multiple ways exist to construct a hybrid cloud, each with its own with pros and cons, an all-encompassing definition will not be attempted in this post. However, to simplify the concept, a hybrid cloud can be defined in layman’s terms as a combination of public and private cloud deployments that are all separate entities but with the ability to be managed as one.
What are the benefits of building a hybrid cloud?
- It offers cloud bursting
Hybrid cloud is a robust solution that combines the best of private and public clouds. Often considered the most notable benefit, hybrid cloud can seamlessly shift from private to public cloud without disrupting employees or customers.
- It saves costs
Instead of organizations having to spend money to build infrastructure to withstand system usage bursts, they can now leverage hybrid cloud offerings and only pay for resources when they need it. Because a hybrid cloud is scalable on demand, organizations can deploy, reduce and redeploy it as required, which is ideal during peak times. This means less money spent on infrastructure, which leaves more money for crucial projects that can advance the business.
- It maximizes control
Hybrid cloud enables organizations to build a cloud computing solution that fits their storage and workload. As an organization you are in the driver seat – you decide what you want and you pay for only that.
- It enables businesses to work with flexibility and agility and so adhere to data compliance legislation
Because sensitive information such as medical records or the financials of a business cannot freely be stored in the public cloud, adopting a hybrid cloud solution allows organizations to store their non-critical data in the public cloud while storing sensitive data locally and so adhere to data compliance legislation.
In summary, the hybrid cloud leverages the control and security of a private cloud and combines that with the flexibility and cost efficiency of the public cloud. This combination offers a power solution for increased data demands.
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