There has been a lot of chatter about Hybrid Clouds and how they will become the industry “norm” when it comes to cloud implementations within companies of all sizes. But why? And what is a “Hybrid cloud” anyway? What makes it so different than just a “cloud”?
A Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment in which an organization provides and manages some resources in-house and has others provided externally.
Example: An organization might use a public cloud service like Amazon for archived data, but still maintain an in house storage system for customer data.
The hybrid approach allows a business to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that a public cloud computing environment offers without exposing mission-critical applications and data to third-party vulnerabilities.
So why will every cloud in the future be a hybrid?
Most businesses already have some kind of existing IT infrastructures
Although cloud service providers would LOVE it if companies would just completely dispose of their existing IT infrastructures and give them all their business… its unrealistic. Most businesses simply are not ready to move all their applications to the cloud.
Businesses can no longer afford to build out dedicated infrastructures that have been designed to support peak capacity needs.
The typical IT infrastructure must be designed and built for peak utilization. These processes typically take between three and 12 months, given the lead time to deploy and achieve steady state.
One way to increase utilization is to create a private cloud. This cloud would essentially be a group of virtualized servers in resource pools with self-service portals that allow new server workloads to easily be created, modified and deleted. This would drive utilization up to approximately 50 percent.
To drive physical servers up near 80 percent usually requires multi-tenant public clouds with a mix of businesses that have varying peak demand time periods. This model can be successful since customers will have peak needs at different times.
Customer Expectations continue to shift
The internet and social media gives customers the ability to compare prices, reviews, availability and services of different products from different retailers from all over the world driving variability to business demands. In this ever changing environment, non-cloud IT infrastructure simply cannot adjust quick enough to avoid lost sales and business opportunities as customers will simply just move on to the next supplier.
Regulations often force some data to remain on client premises
Typically we see these governmental regulations in finance, banking, healthcare and insurance industries. Keeping regulated data local while utilizing cloud for non-regulated information can be a great cost effective solution to these issues.
Anyway you look at it to remain competitive and relevant, businesses must learn to transform and adapt. Implementing Hybrid Cloud environments will allow them to do just that. Questions? Comments? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org