Cloud hosting has steadily become a critical piece in most of today’s enterprise IT plans. Many organizations have already migrated some or all of their environments to the cloud, and the organizations that have yet to migrate, are certainly considering the move. However, not every company has the same workloads, demands or requirements as pro-cloud companies, so their hesitation towards cloud services is rightly justified. 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?
As with any cloud service, the cost and efficiency benefits can’t be denied. However, there are also some disadvantages of cloud services such as, exposed security issues and underlying costs. If security is of main concern to parts of your IT environment then migrating everything over to the cloud should be a concern. Luckily, IaaS technology has continued to expand and make strides that impact everyday enterprise IT environments.
What is Hybrid Hosting?
Hybrid hosting is a type of internet hosting which is a combination of a physically-hosted server with virtualized technology. For example, a hybrid hosting solution could be comprised of colocation and cloud services, or dedicated server hosting and cloud services, or private and public cloud services as well.
Why Hybrid Hosting?
Hybrid hosting allows IT departments to function in a highly efficient manner while keeping costs down and only utilizing certain environments where needed instead of a one-size-fits-all solution. For example, it may make sense to have a dedicated server for your production area while using the cloud for development. Because employees are only working part of the day, having development in the cloud means you can shut your development down at night when it won’t be in use. Since you’re billed in the cloud on a metered basis, you’ll be billed less. However, your production area is on 24/7, and a guaranteed level of performance without disruption is critical, so having a dedicate server will achieve those benchmarks better in the cloud. Hybrid hosting allows organizations to have total control of their environments while selecting the correct platform for each particular solution. Many organizations that have complex workloads find this to be an excellent way to reap the many benefits of the cloud without compromising their critical applications.
Things to Consider
Prior to jumping directly into hybrid hosting, there are a few things you should consider first. Are you going to use the same provider for each solution or are you going to differentiate providers? This is critical because the way in which these solutions are interconnected will have a direct effect on performance and reliability. For example, say you are leasing dedicated servers from Provider A and you are using public cloud services with Provider B, in order to interconnect these two services, a VPN over the public Internet must be set up. While this can easily be set up and function properly, you will more than likely encounter reliability and performance issues. One way to mitigate this issue is to have a direct connection from Provider A to Provider B that will keep you from connecting via public Internet. However, not all providers will have a direct connection with each other and this may not be a possibility.
One way to ensure that a direct connection will be available is to find a hosting provider that offers colocation, dedicated servers and cloud services all under one roof. Not only will you be able to have a direct connection between any of these platforms, but you will also have the fastest and most reliable connection available, usually at a less expensive cost as well.
Hybrid hosting comes with various benefits including, increased efficiency, custom tailored solutions, increased cost savings, and elite performance and security. Most organizations can benefit from implementing hybrid hosting because they are taking control of their infrastructure while managing it to its most efficient potential.
Contact Caronet to find out how you can take advantage of hybrid hosting and start running a more efficient IT infrastructure.