16th November 2017
A hybrid cloud comprises of an on-premise dedicated server, a private cloud, or/and a public cloud, all connected through an encrypted platform. There are many advantages to choosing a hybrid option.
Security and control – You can keep critical applications behind strong firewall security on your on-premise platform, restricting access to sensitive data. It’s your choice whether that data is accessed through the public cloud and how much you want to limit that.
Scalability and cost – Hybrid cloud gives you the ability to increase or decrease your architecture as a project dictates, allow overflow when resource capacity reaches 100% or even push none critical processes out to the public cloud without service interruption or long-term investment.
Stability – Avoiding downtime and ensuring data accessibility is crucial in business and brings a difficult challenge to any CIO. Even social media giant Facebook can suffer from service interruptions as we saw earlier this year. A hybrid cloud allows you to keep your critical systems in-house and under your control rather than a third party.
Is a hybrid cloud the right solution for your business?
Choosing the best solution for your businesses IT infrastructure is a complicated process. As technology progresses at such a fast pace, maintaining a traditional IT network is expensive and demands valuable time and expertise from your IT department.
Most companies today, have already taken steps to implement a level of a virtualised environment to save on future investment or perhaps invested in Office365 (SaaS – software as a service) to ease licensing costs.
But don’t get caught out
There are also many things to consider in your planning stages before choosing the right solution.
Think about the skill sets required to implement, configure and maintain a hybrid cloud. Do you have them already within your team?
You could consider managing it in-house if you have a cloud server architect and development operations engineer on the team, or, opt for a managed hybrid cloud through an experienced provider who can offer suitable SLAs and 24/7 support.
Another aspect is workloads. When does your system need to perform batch runs and are they time sensitive?
Will peaks be regular or happen on odd occasions? That information will be critical to the set-up.
You also need to acknowledge that there will be latency, however minimal, once you push data into the public cloud, so understanding the expectations from stakeholders about accessibility of the data is also important.
Is it tried and tested?
The hybrid cloud concept first began as a discussion back in 2008. There are many businesses around the world who’ve used a hybrid cloud – HEINEKEN and specialist engineering company IMI plc to name a few. Again, and again, businesses choose Microsoft Azure as their solution of choice because of it’s ability to provide a true full integration.
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