When a computing environment that uses third-party public cloud services and connects them to an organization’s on-site private cloud services, a hybrid cloud is created. A hybrid cloud is a single and flexible infrastructure that is responsible for running an organization’s workloads and applications.
The principle behind hybrid cloud technology is that a business has the flexibility to choose the optimal cloud solution for each application that they use. The mix and orchestration between public and private cloud services let businesses meet their technical or industry-standard compliance requirements while leveraging cost-effectiveness of a public cloud service.
Using a hybrid cloud service has a number of benefits, including:
Using a hybrid cloud model lets your business store sensitive or highly regulated data in a private cloud and deploy less sensitive workloads to public cloud environments.
Workload traffic can spike unpredictably and at short notice, it can be a financial strain to purchase additional private cloud capacity to cover for spikes in volume. With a hybrid cloud, you can inexpensively scale up quickly and use public cloud infrastructure to handle the spike and scale back down when the surge is completed. This is done seamlessly without impacting other workloads.
Your business has more options for and flexibility for deploying workloads that maximizes your on-premise investments. This improves your overall infrastructure budget and the ability to respond to changing workloads or future opportunities.
With a hybrid cloud model, you can maintain workloads with known capacity and specific performance requirements on a private cloud and move variable workloads to the public cloud. Another benefit is the cost-savings ability to use a pay-as-you-go model for development or testing environments.
Some businesses are concerned that moving their data and applications to the cloud will expose them to cyber risks. Using a hybrid cloud adds complexity to security management and a strategy should be used that involves:
A Shared Responsibility Approach – Choosing cloud providers that view security as a shared responsibility and incorporate security into their platform. Look for a service provider that provides tools that makes security management easier and works with their clients to implement best-in-class practices.
Use Managed Access – Use an Identity and Access Management framework to help protect your assets from falling into the wrong hands. Follow the policy of ‘least-privileged’ access to that users are only granted access unless it is vital to their role.
Use Tools – Using tools designed for the cloud, like automatic system checks and deployments tests can remove human error and simplify deployment and development.
If you are considering moving to a hybrid cloud model, MBC can help. Find out how our CloudReach model can help your business leverage the best of the private cloud, public cloud, and on-premise technologies. Schedule a free assessment today.