HYBRID CLOUD AND CLOUD COMPUTING

Cloud, hosting, virtualization, VPS…each is synonymous with cloud computing.  Basically, anytime you access servers, services or software through an off-site network or internet, you’re cloud computing.

In 2013, the hot phrase on the lips of every IT manager was a type of cloud computing called “hybrid cloud.” Think of the hybrid cloud as the future of cloud computing.

A hybrid cloud is a custom IT solution mixing the best of both worlds (public and private). Specifically, the hybrid cloud combines your company’s hardware assets with third-party hardware assets to build a custom solution. It gives you the ability to transition to the cloud in small steps and only as needed. This also allows you to protect your current IT investment without sacrificing performance.

One Company’s Hybrid Cloud Solution

The Challenge: In 2011, a medium-size company invested $50,000 in physical servers, using one to host its billing system. Since buying the servers, the company experienced tremendous growth. To accommodate the larger client base, the company either had to expand its existing servers or purchase new ones. Such an expansion would require large capital expenditure.

The Solution: Instead of buying costly new servers, the company decided to migrate its billing system to a cloud server. A cloud migration would benefit the company in several ways. First, it would enable the company to scale up IT resources as it continues growing. Second, the cloud server would relieve the existing billing server from its large load. Lastly, cloud migration would protect the company’s original IT investment while leaving room for future expansion. Best of all, each of these benefits could be achieved without using any capital. Welcome to hybrid cloud!

We believe so strongly in a Hybrid Cloud that we use it for our own IT needs. In fact, we utilize the same cloud infrastructure as our customers. Vault Networks’ cloud service, vnCloud, is actually a hybrid cloud model.  We use cloud servers to accommodate future expansion and physical servers (on site) for core internal processes.

The hybrid cloud is a powerful IT solution because of it:

  • Protects your existing IT investments by offloading storage and computing power
  • Utilizes the initial capital you invested in hardware, leveraging servers in the cloud to connect to your own via a private network
  • Provides 100% uptime/availability in the cloud environment
  • Supplies elasticity and speed to deploy servers instantly or decrease capacity when needed
  • Shields your internal network from congestion by deploying a cloud or dedicated web servers when high volumes are expected

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.

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.

The Vault Networks Cloud Pricing Calculators below are available to help you estimate your costs.

Here at Vault Networks, you can create your private cloud solution by leveraging our dedicated server offerings or by utilizing our colocation services to bring your existing infrastructure in place to power your private cloud. For the public cloud, we offer our vnCloud solution, which is designed with redundancy in place as well as the ability to spin up new VMs in a matter of minutes as opposed to the hours that a traditional server might need to complete the initial configuration.

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