HYBRID CLOUD AND CLOUD COMPUTING

What is a true hybrid cloud based system?

A hybrid cloud is one that utilizes a public cloud as well as a private cloud, or a cloud that can only be accessed by a single organization. A private cloud can effectively be a dedicated server, typically off-premise that is not shared with any other company. The clear benefit to a private cloud is in the name – it is private as it is your company’s property. However, private clouds suffer from many of the same problems that traditional infrastructure does – in order to scale up the solution you need to invest in time and parts to make the improvements, as well as having a single point of failure (the server hosting the private cloud). A public cloud is many servers hosting many organizations at once, and because of this, they offer many degrees of flexibility at a lower cost of time and resources than a dedicated solution. Of course, depending on your industry, using a public cloud alone may not be an option due to regulations. dsfdasc

What are the benefits of a hybrid cloud?

To get the best of both worlds, you can use both private and public clouds to communicate with each other and to host your solutions. So for applications that for regulatory purposes must be in a private setting (ex. Patient Records in Health Care), you can utilize a private cloud or dedicated server, and for everything else that isn’t as sensitive (Web hosting, Media, etc.) you can utilize the cloud to scale your resources as needed. By combining the scalability and flexibility of the public cloud with the security offered by private environments, companies are about to create a complete solution that blends both technologies in a way that will be greater than a sum of the parts.

There are other benefits to having both types of clouds and having them work together. You can also have the public cloud work to handle any spikes in access that may be impacting performance from the private cloud while leaving the private data in the private cloud. Of course, using a hybrid solution is also going to be less costly in the long run than a fully private cloud, since there will be less infrastructure investment that needs to occur, depending on your needs.

Building a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Hybrid cloud environments are typically built as a way to get the best out of the private cloud and public cloud in a single implementation. Companies can utilize most of their resources in their standard private environment, and then burst into the additional public cloud resources when needed, such as times of high demand. Before a company can take advantage of the benefits, a plan needs to be built on how to combine the public and private cloud environments.

In a hybrid environment, private servers can take advantage of the additional on-demand resources the cloud can provide by cloud bursting – this means using cloud servers to mitigate some of the load on the private server if usage gets higher than the IT team likes to see.  The cloud servers can also act as a business continuity solution on standby if the primary, private server experiences a type of failure – since cloud servers can be spun up in a few minutes, the downtime is minimal.

These are just some ideas of how hybrid can benefit the company, but it is important to do the homework before implementing.  A system should be in place to monitor both private and public clouds when deployed. Vault Networks can support you in bringing the hybrid cloud to your business. By leveraging our dedicated private servers or our colocation services you can bring your private cloud into a highly secured data center with the power and network redundancies in place to minimize downtime.  Not only that, but since our cloud would be in the same physical location, connection between your infrastructure and ours would be lightning fast – we can even setup direct physical connections if needed.

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