Cloud computing has changed the way that businesses operate and introduced new opportunities for growth and efficiency. It is available in three main formats: the public cloud (shared), the private cloud (exclusive) and a hybrid option. The development of a hybrid cloud solution gives businesses the opportunity to combine the best of public and private cloud computing and to create a platform that is individually tailored to need.
What is a hybrid cloud solution?
It is a combination of public and private cloud that offers more flexibility to businesses. So, for example, you may be looking for the scalability and economies of scale that the public cloud offers. At the same time there may be some processes that require enhanced privacy and security and a more complex SLA. Working with a hybrid cloud solution enables the two to be combined to create the right balance of support and protection.
Why choose a hybrid cloud solution?
The key benefit of a hybrid cloud solution is the ability to use it to apply specific conditions to specific workloads so that each one is managed in a cost effective way that is tailored to individual need. It’s worth bearing in mind that a hybrid cloud solution will require more initial investment than a public cloud but that can bring a number of attractive benefits, including:
- Enhanced security. The element of private cloud in a hybrid cloud solution brings peace of mind when it comes to security, particularly with respect to sensitive information or operations. In the new regulatory environment introduced by the likes of the GDPR the bespoke element of private cloud security can also make it easier to ensure compliance.
- Balancing cost efficiency. A pure private cloud solution is the most costly option and may simply not be necessary for many workloads. Working within a hybrid cloud structure provides a way to balance cost efficiency, taking advantage of the economies of scale of the public cloud and investing resources where they can be most effective.
- A more flexible solution. The dual nature of a hybrid cloud solution makes it incredibly flexible, enabling a platform to be created that is designed specifically for need. Both the public and private clouds can be lacking this kind of flexibility and don’t offer quite the same opportunity to create something that is both bespoke and cost effective.
- Scalable technology. The public cloud is the most scalable of all cloud computing options while the private cloud is slightly more challenging to develop in this way. A hybrid solution means that those workloads where scalability is an advantage can be transferred to the public cloud while those where it’s not so important can be privately dealt with.
- Working with existing infrastructure. With a hybrid cloud solution you can start with whatever IT infrastructure you currently have in place, as opposed to an entirely new investment.
The hybrid cloud is an ideal solution for the cloud computing needs of many businesses – contact Servnet today to find out more.