There was a time when organizations confined their data in private data centers, but the dawn of cloud technology has opened up new doors for users to think and act without limitations and usher them towards new virtues. The adoption of cloud computing has made it easier to organize & manage that data, and make it accessible beyond boundaries. What made it, even more, easier is the capability of having ‘the best of both worlds’ – public and private cloud altogether i.e. “hybrid cloud”.
The hybrid cloud has been on the list of Top 5 Cloud Trends in 2019. The sky-rocketing adoption rate of a Hybrid cloud is proof of its benefits. Agility being the premise of it, enterprises can gain a competitive edge over others. The need for adapting and changing the strategic directions quickly calls for the hybrid cloud approach.
To understand this better, one needs a vantage point on all the things that come along with the adoption of ‘Hybrid Cloud’:
Backup and Disaster Recovery
A hybrid cloud makes backup and disaster recovery (DR) less expensive. This, in turn, allows you to acquire reserve resources or cheap cloud resources. Nowadays, cloud service providers (CSPs) offer managed backup and recovery solutions as part of their standard offering.
As a matter of fact, the hybrid cloud can improve the overall performance and reliability of a disaster recovery solution. Restoring data using traditional methods such as restoring from tapes can lead to time delay and data loss. Enterprises spending huge and using well-integrated software in the solution can avail zero downtime recovery environment.
If you can’t afford even a small fraction of downtime, the hybrid cloud is the solution for you.
Securing confidential data is always a challenge in network-enabled applications, which is also true for public clouds. When compared to the full implementation of ‘public cloud’, ‘hybrid cloud’ enables more security by handling data on an infrastructure that you have more control over. It increases your network security as compared to accessing your infrastructure on the public network. If implemented properly, the hybrid cloud offers you much more benefits as well as ensuring the security of your data.
The investment required to build, maintain and expand in private network is in itself a challenge. On the other hand, public cloud unfolds the ability to vastly expand their computing resources but that too if organizations can afford to purchase new servers. If you are on the private cloud, you might have noticed that maintaining an in-house network limits agility.
Fortunately, you can have the best of both worlds i.e. public and private clouds by incorporating hybrid infrastructure. You can leverage the expansive power of cloud computing to quickly and efficiently increase your operational capacity. With a hybrid cloud, you can have unlimited resources at your disposal.
Cloud technology gives you immense opportunities to innovate. Everybody wants to innovate to have an edge in a competitive marketplace, but this takes up time and money. Also, depending on the new product or service you want to work on, it can have different infrastructure requirements.
This is where the hybrid cloud comes in picture. A hybrid cloud gives you the advantage of using resources on-the-go and pay for what you use. New applications can be prototyped in cloud environments and can be deployed and tested, without any long-term commitments. The cost of innovation becomes more reasonable, isn’t it?
One of the enticing benefits of the hybrid cloud is control. Instead of entrusting a third-party cloud provider for all IT infrastructure aspects; enterprises can control the private end of the hybrid cloud network. IT staff can customize according to their needs.
Network-enabled applications partially remain private so your IT team can take control of critical applications. It will help them to handle the day-to-day management of servers and other infrastructure.
It is the most overused benefits in the cloud domain. But perfectly fits with hybrid cloud. The pick and mix style give enterprises different operational directions and ultimately choose the best & optimal cloud solution for them. The hybrid cloud approach lets you match your actual infrastructure requirements with the public cloud, private cloud or on-premises resources that can handle them. This mitigates the risk of choosing just one.
The true hybrid cloud would be a customer’s choice. It’s the choice to deploy workloads in the best location for that particular workload, security needs, performance needs, and scalability needs. That means developers can build applications on transient infrastructure that they use just when they need it. However, one of the most crucial parts of realizing these benefits is to choose a suitable cloud service provider.
But different levels of security and control bring along more options. A true hybrid cloud solution should also reduce complexity. It shouldn’t add more friction to the decision points of where to run applications where to build applications and then where to manage those applications. In turn, you can apply the security and control that you have over the private environment. So, hybrid cloud is really a way for enterprises to lay down those guardrails for developers (or “builders” as referred by AWS CEO Andy Jessy in re:Invent 2018) that are using the public cloud.
Like any other strategy that impacts your business, having a cloud strategy in line is something you don’t want to out miss out on. To know whether you are making the most out of your public cloud, talk to our cloud experts.