For several years, the cloud has dominated IT conversations. Initially a theoretical concept that nobody could quite wrap their heads around, cloud solutions are now commonplace in businesses of every size. Many companies are finding that what works best is not a broadly applied cloud approach, but a hybrid cloud environment.
A hybrid cloud approach integrates the use of both public and private cloud solutions to optimize productivity and cost effectiveness while also balancing security, visibility, and control. Full private cloud solutions are often out of reach for smaller companies, but even larger enterprises may find they reach prime operational efficiency through the use of a hybrid cloud solution.
When companies use a hybrid approach, they maintain control over their internally managed private cloud. They can then utilize the public cloud on an as-needed basis. During peak periods like a predictable outage, for example, the company is able to move individual applications to the public cloud. There are several other important benefits that may lead a company to choose a hybrid solution:
Cost reduction: A hybrid solution allows you to cut your operating costs by placing some of your data in your own data center at your location or in a colocation facility.
Security: This feature is particularly advantageous for enterprises in the healthcare and finance industries, because they can store sensitive data on premises, as required, where it is accessible and protected. The hybrid model of separation between private and public cloud solutions gives organizations the ability to store sensitive information on a private cloud network while still accessing software in the public cloud that pulls data from the private cloud data center. This solution limits exposure because sensitive data is not located on the public cloud for a long period of time.
Speed: Access time and latency are significantly reduced when a private data center is paired with public cloud software.
Failover coverage: In the event of a power disruption, the public cloud can be leveraged for failover if your private cloud is unavailable.
Customization: One of the best benefits of a hybrid cloud environment is the ability to customize. You have the freedom to choose the hardware for your data center, unlike in a public cloud scenario where the provider chooses the hardware and features.
Flexibility and scalability: A hybrid cloud solution allows you to choose the grade and speed of your servers to match your business needs, and you can easily scale up or down as needs change for users in your organization.
If you’re contemplating a cloud solution or a hybrid cloud environment, talk with our consultants at Copper State Communications. We can help you determine which combination of solutions will best support your future goals.