Fitting into the Cloud: Part 3 – Hybrid Cloud

What is Hybrid Hosting

We’ve made it to the final chapter of this three part blog series highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions. It’s the discussion we’ve all been waiting for. Where we take both public and private cloud solutions and mash them together into this beautifully crafted piece of technical art that allows organizations to reap the benefits of both worlds, also known as hybrid cloud. As with any cloud service, the cost and efficiency benefits of cloud can’t be denied. The real question at hand is where does your organization fit into the loop of cloud services and how can you take advantage of the technology that’s available to us today?

Hybrid Cloud

Simply put, hybrid cloud is a form of cloud computing that is a combination of both private and public cloud solutions. In the grand scheme of things, hybrid cloud allows companies to utilize both public and private cloud solutions in unison as well as allowing the company to choose where they place their applications. For example, if a company has multiple needs and requirements as well as critical and non-critical applications, hybrid cloud will allow them to determine which cloud architecture to utilize, all while being cost effective and efficient.

Advantages of Hybrid Cloud

Scalability: Utilizing a hybrid environment allows organizations to increase and scale their infrastructure as more resources are needed. As your demands and needs grow, so can your infrastructure, and the time it takes to spin up a new virtual environment is only minutes.

Flexibility: Determining where your critical and non-critical applications will be run can be a daunting task. With hybrid cloud you have the options of both public and private clouds. Utilizing public cloud for your non-critical applications and private cloud for your critical applications enables you to determine the amount of security you need for those applications.

Cost Efficient: Hybrid cloud ensures cost efficiency. With organizations enforcing tighter budgets for their IT departments, hybrid cloud allows organizations to function at a high level and meet their requirements all while utilizing the pay-as-you-go model for the public cloud side of hybrid.

Disadvantages of Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid cloud services are very popular because of the benefits stated above; however, there are distinct disadvantages that should be recognized when considering public cloud services. Utilizing the public side of hybrid cloud can mean you are exposed to security issues if your environment is not set up properly. Also, by utilizing two cloud solutions you have to keep track of multiple security platforms and ensure that all aspects of your business are communicating with each other properly.

Who Should Consider Hybrid Cloud Solutions

While every organization has their own unique way of conducting business and determining the best IT infrastructure fit for their needs, hybrid cloud is all about being cost effective and cross functional by utilizing two cloud solutions to operate more efficiently as an IT department. Hybrid cloud may be the best option for organizations that are looking to preserve their critical applications in the private cloud and keep costs down for their non-critical applications by utilizing the public cloud.

At the end of the day, what your company values most is what should be evaluated when choosing the correct cloud service. Flexibility, control, costs, and ease of deployments are all significant features that each company should recognize and determine which are the most desired.

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