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