The term “hybrid cloud” refers to a combination of a public cloud like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and a private environment, such as a private cloud or on-premises resources, that remain separate entities but are linked together to provide the benefits of several deployment types.
In other words, a hybrid cloud is the capacity to integrate collocation, managed, and dedicated services with cloud resources.
Hybrid cloud enables companies to minimize IT infrastructure costs and benefit from adaptability resources.
To understand why businesses are moving to a hybrid cloud, you must first understand the major differences between public and private clouds. This article will explain the difference between a private and public cloud.
Hybrid cloud infrastructure includes networking, servers, and virtualization software. The data is hosted on servers that provide remote access to it over the network.
The principle of a hybrid cloud usually implies the use of the company’s own resources and the resources of third-party providers, therefore the components are located in two environments: on-premises and at a third-party service provider, for example, a public cloud, colocation data center, etc.
Hybrid cloud storage provides a choice of hosting different types of data with different access requirements.
This means that companies can use less productive, but economical storage for data that is not used often, and high-performance storage for frequently used data.
This tiered storage architecture is typical of a hybrid cloud.
Typically, in a hybrid cloud storage architecture, the primary storage with frequently accessed files and application data is placed closer to users it could be a private cloud or on-premises. This helps ensure maximum performance.
The next kind of storage is usually hosted in a public cloud. Typically, a public cloud is used to store infrequently accessed data, or as a backup to the primary storage system.
Another tier of storage can also be located in the public cloud with the cheapest storage subscription. Organizations can use this tier for long-term storage of archived data that is rarely used.
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The use cases for a hybrid cloud are endless. For example, an organization can store sensitive data in its own private cloud but connect other applications in the public cloud.
Another option for companies working with sensitive data, is a multi-tenant cloud as part of a hybrid model that separates applications and resources from each other and can be further isolated via VLANs.
The IDG Market Pulse Global Survey of 700 IT CIOs surveyed the progress of midsize organizations on hybrid cloud adoption. The study focused on factors accelerating cloud adoption and best practices to ensure security and improve the efficiency of business and IT infrastructure.
According to those surveyed, cost savings and improved security are the top benefits of a hybrid cloud.
At the same time, 41% of respondents report improved profitability (due to optimal deployment workloads and applications), and 35% report improved security.
The following are other benefits of hybrid cloud noted by respondents.
- Increased flexibility (35%)
- Increased user satisfaction (34%)
- Improved disaster recovery and resiliency (31%)
- Simplified workload migration (29%)
- Ability to leverage on-premises security best practices for any cloud (27%)
Hybrid cloud is an important step towards digital transformation. The interest in the cloud of midsize businesses is reflected in the IT planned budget. 49% of MarketPulse respondents said they plan to invest more in cloud infrastructure in the near future.
In terms of Canadian businesses, a recent CDW Canada’s 2021 report highlight the critical importance of cloud services in achieving Canadian firms’ digital transformation goals.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies realized all the shortcomings of on-premises solutions and this was the push for the move to a hybrid cloud.
According to the Cloud Report, 52% of companies have already invested or are planning to invest in cloud infrastructure to make their business more reliable.
Canadian companies are increasingly choosing third-party cloud data centers over in-house IT environments.
By 2022, according to the report, more than half (56%) of IT budgets will be spent on running workloads in external data centers, including co-located data centers, hosted private clouds, and public clouds.
Hybrid cloud provides companies with many benefits and the ability to choose the right cloud type to meet the requirements and needs of the company.
We discussed the benefits of using hybrid clouds above, which were noted in the survey. However, the hybrid cloud approach has a number of additional benefits that should be mentioned:
- Reduced infrastructure costs.
- Improving the speed of operations.
- Reduced downtime.
- Improving employee productivity.
- Improve security by hosting sensitive data workloads locally.
- Faster and easier data backups.
- Reduced response time.
- Improved scalability.
- Simplified workload migration.
- Increased cost-effectiveness (i.e., the ability to host workloads and applications in the right cloud).
- Increased flexibility and agility to scale according to business and / or market needs.
Many businesses are hesitant to migrate to the cloud because of security and privacy concerns. Actually, the deployment of a hybrid cloud is dependent on a number of criteria, including the data’s security and compliance obligations, the required measure of control over the data, and the applications. There can be confusion about integrating public, private, and hybrid clouds solutions.
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