Cloud is one of the trends that reflects IT evolution. “The cloud” delivers anything as a service at low-cost and is revolutionizing technology and changing the game for IT departments by driving innovation, experimentation, and new business models. Cloud computing offers three deployment models: private, public and hybrid.
The public cloud is where the service provider makes resources such as storage and applications available to the public via the Internet at much lower cost than that of having actual physical servers. However, the public cloud does not address security concerns and companies are not always be comfortable in transferring sensitive private data onto a public cloud. This issue led to a private cloud solution that allowed businesses to store confidential information to their own private servers.
So what is the Hybrid Cloud?
Depending on who you ask, there are several definitions of hybrid cloud.
Ed Anderson, Research Vice President at Gartner, says hybrid is “an on-premises private cloud combined with an off-premises public cloud” is a “limited definition” and “is only a subset of a broader, cross-vendor hybrid cloud definition that is more aligned with the way most organizations are constructing hybrid clouds.” Where Dave Bartoletti, the Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, says the definition of hybrid cloud is “very direct” and involves a situation where a public cloud service is connected to any other type of system or service.
In laymens terms, the hybrid cloud is a cloud computing model which uses a mix of on-premise, private cloud, and third-party public cloud services to perform distinct functions within an organization.
What is the Hybrid Clouds impact on Business?
The hybrid cloud makes it easier for companies to balance between the ground and cloud. It combines them all – public cloud, private cloud, and dedicated servers – and is the best approach to benefit from cloud’s scalability. According to RightScale 2016 State of Cloud Report, the demand for hybrid cloud has increased to 71% among companies.
A few of the benefits the hybrid cloud offers are:
- By implementing a hybrid approach businesses have more agility, scalability and easy access to resources
- Allows businesses to meet compliance requirements, with proper network security, a hybrid solution combining cloud and dedicated hardware can satisfy auditor requirements
- Solves cloud capacity problem and eliminates the need to buy servers for backup
- Provides efficient planning of private and public cloud infrastructure, thereby reducing cost
- Improves time to market, quickly launch new products or services and drive revenue growth
Other major benefits of the hybrid cloud include:
- Ability to split the workload into two separate environments
- Flexibility to include right cloud technologies
- Increased security of shared data
Where the private cloud provides security, but increases costs and the public cloud offers great technology at a reasonable price, it has security constraints. A hybrid cloud solution provides a solution that can meet both needs. It will enhance your business and solve complex business problems.
It is worth mentioning that while the hybrid cloud has many advantages, building it can come with its own challenges. Before adopting the hybrid cloud approach, it’s necessary to have a complete understanding of hybrid cloud as well as having an IT team with the appropriate skill set.
Understanding the drift in technology and demand for hybrid cloud is something we specialize in. For strategic insights or implementation expertise on how to build and/or evolve your hybrid cloud contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.279.0430.
Fig 2: Source rightscale.com