Over the last few years, cloud computing has gained much prominence for being a promising technology that brings innovation and convenience in business. Several enterprises have built their own private cloud networks to host important applications and to provide their access to employees, scattered over the world. On the other hand many companies have built public cloud offerings to provide cheaper alternatives to building internal private cloud infrastructure or to offer essential extension to the limits of a private cloud. And, there are also companies which have started blending both private and public cloud to create hybrid cloud infrastructure. Hybrid cloud exploits the security and control of a private cloud and low cost and flexibility of public cloud. This combination helps IT to offer powerful solutions, meeting the increasing demands of various organizations.
Let’s have a look at the benefits of hybrid cloud computing:
As compared to public cloud, hybrid cloud has increased security and lets you store sensitive data on dedicated infrastructure on which you can have better control. It also helps you to increase network security, with direct connect via private, as compared to accessing infrastructure through public internet. Hybrid cloud, if implemented properly, gives you many benefits of cloud computing, ensuring that your precious assets are secure.
Scaling on-premise IT infrastructure is often an expensive and complex affair for rapidly growing companies. Hybrid cloud allows you to tether on-premise infrastructure to specific cloud resources required at that point of time. There are cloud providers, with data centers all around the world, covering huge expanses and amazing hardware capacity. With hybrid cloud you can have unlimited resources on demand.
Hybrid cloud gives you a variety of choices on how to deliver IT services. You can take advantage of the best feature of every delivery method i.e. public, private or in-house, and can mitigate risks of choosing any one of them.
In cloud computing, network issues can slow down the performance of applications. Implementation of direct connect private network hybrid cloud strategy ensures that your applications are no more affected by the erratic performance of public internet and ultimately leads to improved overall experience. Also, hybrid cloud in combination with load balancing reduces distance based latency by ensuring that the infrastructure is delivered from a location nearest to the end user.
Hybrid cloud can help you reduce your expenses by using temporary or burstable resources, data/application segmentation, cheap cloud storage,elastic infrastructure growth needs and many more features. Less use of on-premise servers also leads to lower energy consumption for powering and cooling servers and, thereby, lowers energy bills. It also translates to reduced investment on maintenance and management of on-premise resources.
For companies starting with the cloud computing, hybrid cloud helps a lot in risk management. It allows organizations to start with non-critical workloads before moving on with more sensitive applications in the cloud. However, depending on the usage, hybrid cloud can increase the complexity of your company’s network architecture substantially and can pose security risks. Thus it’s always better to use a consulting partner in case you aren’t much experienced with hybrid cloud.
Many companies like to have constant R&D to stay ahead in competition. But this costs time and money as new products and services may mandate new IT infrastructure. However, new services and applications can be easily prototyped in cloud environments, following which they can be deployed and measured for success.
Unforeseen problems like lost/corrupted data, hacks, outages and employee transitions often hamper the work efficiency and delivery on part of IT departments.With hybrid cloud, IT department can be more agile. With features like flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness, it’s easier to respond to last minute needs, threats, changes and more.
Hybrid cloud, undoubtedly, has a lot of potential to benefit various organizations but its judicious use depends on the situation and desired outcome. One solution cannot fit in all scenarios of the complex IT infrastructure and, thus for better cloud computing optimization it’s important to understand and analyze every critical variable.