What is Hybrid Cloud and How Does it Work?

With technology changing more frequently than the weather it can be difficult to keep up with the latest developments and terminology. One thing that you may or may not have heard mentioned before is Hybrid Cloud.

But what exactly is Hybrid Cloud and how does it work? In the following paragraphs we’ll take a closer look and by the end of reading this post you’ll have a far more complete understanding of Hybrid Cloud and how it can benefit you.

What is Hybrid Cloud?

Right, first things first, let’s answer that burning question and delve into exactly what Hybrid Cloud is.

In a nutshell, Hybrid Cloud is a cloud-computing environment. It uses a mixture of on-premises, private and public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms.

Ultimately, by distributing the workloads between both private and public clouds, Hybrid Cloud offers businesses far greater flexibility and data deployment options compared to standard cloud computing systems.

How can you use Hybrid Cloud in your business?

So now that you have a clearer understanding of Hybrid Cloud and the top level benefits that it can offer, just how can you use it in your business?

A prime example of how Hybrid Cloud can be used in a business is as follows. A business may deploy an on-premises private cloud system to host sensitive data, they might use a public cloud provider like Google Drive to store less sensitive information that they wish to share with a wealth of people, for example sharing high res images of products with retailers.

Hybrid cloud would facilitate both public and private clouds, essentially providing business with the best of both worlds without having to constantly manage multiple cloud systems and potentially lose track of what data lives where.

Another invaluable use case of Hybrid Cloud is in big data processing. For example, a company might decide you use a Hybrid Cloud to store sensitive sales data, but then run analytical queries in the public cloud, which can be scaled to support demanding distributed computer tasks.

Are there any drawbacks?

We’re in the business of giving you the complete picture, so as with anything, Hybrid Cloud does have it’s drawbacks and it isn’t for everyone.

Most notably, Hybrid Cloud can present technical, management and business challenges. For private clouds to function correctly, their workloads must access and work in conjunction with public cloud providers, which means that a Hybrid Cloud requires API compatibility and stable network connectivity. Consequently if you don’t currently have these in place it is something that you’ll need to invest in should you like to harness the full capabilities of Hybrid Cloud.

When it comes to the public cloud proportion of Hybrid Cloud, there can be potential SLA breaches and connectivity issues. To reduce these risks, companies can choose to architect hybrid workloads that work with multiple public cloud providers. However, this can complicate working procedures and be expensive.

Conclusion

To conclude, Hybrid Cloud is a combination of different clouds, be they private, public or a combination of the two. This ultimately provides business with greater flexibility and multiple data deployment options that aren’t available in most of the cloud computing systems that you might have used in the past.

If you are a smaller business and haven’t got mountains of data to store and share, you will be better off sticking with traditional cloud computing systems. However, for larger organisations that have a wealth of sensitive information as well as data that they want to share both internally and externally, Hybrid Cloud can make the process far more straightforward provided you have a strong network connection and API compatibility.

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