Over the last few years, Cloud services have taken the centre stage in the digital landscape. They can be broadly classified as Private and Public Cloud. As the name suggests, a private cloud is one that is private to your organization and runs on your data-centre local intranet. In a public cloud, the data resides in the data centre of the cloud service provider. While both public and private clouds have their own set of pros and cons, today, we will look at a Hybrid Cloud and its features and benefits.
A Hybrid Cloud is simply a combination of a private and a public cloud. Information flows between the two in a secured manner via an encrypted connection. Here is a quick look at the features of a Hybrid Cloud.
In a Hybrid Cloud, you can transfer processes from the public to private cloud and vice versa. Hence, you have complete flexibility of resources. You can move critical processes to the private cloud and resource-intensive processes to the public cloud if required.
Agility and Security
In a Hybrid Cloud, you can deploy services and applications instantly along with a comprehensive security for the stored data. For a business dealing with huge volumes of data, a Hybrid Cloud allows it to analyze the data and manage the workload efficiently by distributing the processes between public and private environments.
A Hybrid Cloud allows you to employ resources only as are required by your data and/or applications. Hence, it is a pay-as-you-use model make it a cost-efficient option. Here is an example:
A website experiences spikes in traffic only during winter (due to the nature of the products/services offered). Hence, the website needs a hosting provider who allows it to scale the resources up and down instantly. Most Cloud Hosting Providers offer instant scalability of resources to help manage the sudden spikes. But what if the website handles highly sensitive/critical data? Would the organization be comfortable storing the data with the host? If not, then it can opt for a Hybrid Cloud where the critical data can be stored in the private cloud and traffic can be managed using the public cloud.
Before you opt for a Hybrid Cloud…
Ask yourself these questions to determine if a public, private, or hybrid cloud suits your requirements:
- Do I have enough infrastructure to host a private cloud?
- What are my technical requirements?
- Do I need the features and benefits of both public and private clouds?
- Does my budget permit a public, private, or hybrid cloud?
Before migrating to a hybrid cloud, ensure that there is compatibility between the architectures of the public and private clouds involved. Remember, a hybrid cloud is usually made to the specific requirements of the business. Hence, assess your requirements carefully and talk to the host before migrating.