The reason that 2017 is being called as the year of the hybrid cloud is that adoption of hybrid cloud service by organizations is constantly rising, due to the benefits associated with it.
Hybrid cloud service could be a wish come true for your organization, which might be looking for a solution to overcome the limitations that your private or public cloud service might pose.
Hybrid Cloud is an integrated cloud computing environment which uses a combination of the private cloud and the public cloud, and blends both the platforms well to perform.
Some time ago, there was a firm, which had its expenses growing so rapidly due to its growing storage needs and the expensive private cloud services. In a year or so, it would have gone off-trail and landed in a pool of huge losses, because it was solely dependent on private cloud services. Since the firm didn’t want to risk its security, taking a public cloud service was absolutely not an option. What came as a rescue for them was hybrid cloud service.
Are you a healthcare provider, someone from the healthcare industry, a financial firm, a retail seller, a law firm or any other similar firm with unique physical storage needs? Or are you someone aspiring to start a similar venture? If yes, then there is a good news for you- Hybrid Cloud services exist.
Private cloud is a type of cloud computing platform that stores an organization’s data at in-house servers. It gives more control over the company’s data and ensures security. But at the same time, it is quite expensive and poses a greater risk of data loss due to a natural disaster.
Public cloud is a cloud computing platform for storing data and applications, which are delivered to the company over the internet and is also made available to the general public via the internet. While it is comparatively cost effective, the stored data remains insecure and doesn’t offer much control to the organization taking up the public cloud service.
Hybrid Cloud utilizes both these clouds to perform distinct functions within the same organization. Have a look at these benefits that it offers to organizations.
- Cost Savings- Public Clouds are comparatively more cost-effective than private clouds. Hybrid Clouds allow organizations to access these savings for as many business functions as possible, while still keeping the sensitive data secure.
- Business Continuity- Hybrid Clouds allow organizations to continue operating by making the data accessible even during a failure or a disaster.
- Improved Security- The Private Cloud model of the Hybrid Cloud Computing Platform, along with providing security for sensitive data, also satisfies regulatory requirements for data handling and storage.
- Network Optimization- These clouds offer improved connectivity.
- Capacity Expansion- A hybrid approach is viable when the incremental cost of adding capacity on-premises is high.
- Flexibility- The availability of both secure storage and scalable cost-effective public cloud provide organizations with more opportunities.
- More opportunity for innovation- Hybrid cloud gives your organization access to several public cloud resources, the ability to test new technologies swiftly, etc, which drives innovation.
- Risk Management- Managing risk becomes an easy task as a hybrid cloud allows the organizations to test the capabilities of various workloads and further assists them in planning their cloud strategies.
- Minimal manual intervention is required.
- On-premise infrastructure- Heavy expenses on programming and maintenance are avoided.
- There is no latency due to internet traffic
Faster processing time- Some data is processed locally, which saves a lot of time as compared to all the data being processed in the cloud, which takes a lot of time and effort.
There are certain things to consider while selecting a hybrid cloud service for your organization. These include considering the management tools and apps that are made available by the cloud service to remotely control data, apps, and processes across the cloud, how well it integrates with the existing management systems, how are compliance mandates facilitated, does the provider offer credible redundancy that avoids single points of failure such as network connectivity, what APIs are available, how are the SLAs defined, what type of compensation is offered, the level of security that your organization wants for your data, as well as your budget.
Some of the Hybrid Cloud service providers are VMWare’s vCloud, Hybrid Service, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, IBM, Rackspace, Cisco System, Eucalyptus, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard.