Why Is a Hybrid Cloud Approach the Best for Cloud?
Learn the five reasons why a hybrid cloud approach is the best approach to cloud and how the hybrid cloud benefits the security of your information.
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A hybrid approach to cloud incorporates the benefits of public cloud services, enterprise-controlled private clouds, and the once-dominant dedicated hosting services. Hybrid approaches have been all the rage in the last couple of years as enterprises can avail the advantages of each service while minimizing risk levels. With a hybrid cloud, an enterprise’s data and resources are split between the three forms of storage.
Concern over security has been one of the biggest concerns for businesses that are contemplating a switch to hybrid cloud. After all, the path to public cloud computing can be quite scary for enterprises that are worried about potential threats in a public network spilling over to their network. Concerns over the security of public clouds have led to the rise in popularity of hybrid cloud models.
Organizations can combine the privacy and security of a private cloud with the massive scalability offered by public clouds to meet their requirements. The private cloud can serve as a dedicated hosting environment, but some enterprises seek to integrate their legacy infrastructure with a private cloud to smooth over the eventual, long-term shift to a full cloud environment.
A hybrid approach allows enterprises to manage their databases and applications in a far more efficient manner. Enterprises can host their most valuable data on private clouds and dedicated servers where they will have absolute control over data security and little risk.
They can then use the public cloud space for scalability. New applications can be tested on public cloud resources to test the system and see how feasible the application is. Using public clouds will provide a large degree of financial relief while allowing enterprises to have absolute control over their most precious data.
An organization that uses a hybrid cloud interface will have a far lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than an organization that uses an exclusively cloud system or an exclusively dedicated hosting system. With a hybrid cloud system, you can bid adieu to massive infrastructure requirements. You will be using a pay-as-you-need facility so you will have complete control over your monthly IT costs.
All of your backups will be cloud-based as well, which will further reduce costs. With the assistant programs of numerous public cloud services, you will be able to accurately gauge your requirements and avoid overpaying for capacity that you may not use. Services such as Azure and AWS have been designed in a manner that attempts to reduce overspending on cloud requirements.
Maximize and Integrate Existing Assets
A hybrid environment allows you to use both external and internal spaces as needed. You can use this advantage to scale quickly whenever required so that your system does not meet its limit. However, when demand is normal, you can easily manage it through your internal systems.
As your capacity begins to lurch ever closer to its limit, you can easily migrate whole applications and services to external clouds with minimum fuss. Similarly, whenever there is a need to scale down or you are able to increase internal capabilities, you can migrate services from the public cloud. The flexibility of hybrid systems and its ability to mix and match the best of both worlds is one of the reasons for its growing popularity.
The emergence of hybrid cloud computing systems is a testament to the failure of the all public cloud system. It is simply way too risky to keep all of your sensitive data on a public cloud where you are leaving security in the hands of a third party. All IT resources should never exist in a public cloud as you will have a lower degree of control.
The performance requirements, compliance problems, and security issues show us that local is good and necessary. With a hybrid cloud, you can decide what applications and services need to move to the public cloud and what should stay private. By using a public cloud, you also don’t need to overburden your private, secure cloud space.
Enterprises can use public clouds to develop, test, stage any new application that they may have. You can reduce the cost of failure and understand the capacity that you will need for a particular application. You can solely focus on development without worrying about the prospect of exceeding your limits.
Once you have securely tested something out, you can move its most valuable and secure elements to the private space, and deploy the application on the public cloud. The advent of public cloud has allowed innovation to flourish thanks to the near unlimited potential of scalability and the low costs involved. You can safeguard your privacy and security without compromising the needs of your business. With a hybrid environment, you do not need to rearrange your existing infrastructure to test out a new service.
Published at DZone with permission of Ritu Nandanwar. See the original article here.
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