Introduction to hybrid cloud
More and more businesses these days choose to rely on a fully virtualized cloud-hosted infrastructure or an integrated approach like a hybrid cloud solution. Traditional on-premise server rooms are becoming less popular amongst organizations due to the higher cost associated with the management and maintenance of in-house architecture. Nevertheless, there are still a large number of businesses that have cloud-computing resources in a proprietary data center or in a server location owned by a third-party provider, which dedicates the software and the hardware exclusively to a single client. In these instances, organizations often opt for a hybrid cloud solution, with which they can reap the rewards of both public and private cloud environments without missing out on valuable benefits for their businesses.
What is a hybrid cloud?
A hybrid cloud is a form of cloud computing that combines both public and private cloud infrastructure in an integrated approach. This way, businesses can have their applications and data moved from one cloud environment to the other, and they can share the resources of both in a common operating system.
Why do businesses choose the hybrid cloud model?
A lot of organizations choose to go for the hybrid cloud approach if they still need to meet their compliance security standards through a private environment in a data center on-site. Meanwhile, they understand the benefits associated with public cloud solutions like DaaS, giving them increased scalability, greater flexibility, and better cost-effectiveness than their in-house solutions. This is where the hybrid cloud model comes in handy since it allows companies to get the best of both worlds, without losing on their existing resources, or missing out on the latest cloud computing trends offered by expert third-party providers.
What are the benefits of a hybrid cloud?
What makes a hybrid cloud the preferred approach by many companies is the scalability it gives them to optimize the performance of their IT systems, boost their efficiency and scale up operations without having to go through the entire process of setting up their own infrastructure. In the real business world, there is often unpredictability which might be associated with higher costs and revenue loss. By keeping some of their non-critical data and applications on the cloud servers of a third-party provider, companies can scale up and down on-demand with zero risks of wasting on big capital investments.
Public cloud environments maintained by cloud vendors like we-IT are inexpensive compared to a private cloud hosted on-site. Cloud solutions like DaaS are offered to clients on a subscription basis which requires no long-term financial commitments for the client companies. With these pay-as-you-go subscription models, the cost is only as high as the cloud resources being used. This makes the hybrid cloud look like a great cost-effective alternative to companies that want to leverage the resources of an outsourced cloud environment such as Desktop-as-a-Service.
One of the main benefits of the hybrid cloud, integrating a public cloud, is the high availability of cloud-hosted solutions like DaaS. Virtual desktops that are managed externally usually operate more seamlessly due to the multiple data center locations where they are hosted. This allows companies to be more flexible with their remote workers and to offer them better mobility and agility when managing their workloads from anywhere. There is also ongoing technical support which providers like we-IT also offer to tenants and end-users in cases of issues or general servicing inquiries.
Guaranteed data security
A hybrid cloud model allows companies to retain control over some of their applications and data in a secure private cloud environment of their own. This by no means should make a public cloud environment sound like a less secure option. In many instances, a public cloud has the latest resources and monitoring practices to ensure greater security for your data. Nevertheless, some companies prefer to keep their sensitive information separate from a multi-tenant cloud so that they can meet certain regulatory and compliance standards required by their industry.
All in all, a hybrid cloud model can offer important benefits for companies of all sizes, if the right cloud solutions are utilized and integrated correctly.
To find out more about our cloud-hosted solutions and how you can maximize the benefits of both environments within a single hybrid-cloud solution, get in touch with our teams for more information!