3 November 2023
Unlocking the power of hybrid cloud
Who said your path to the cloud had to be all or nothing?
With IT rapidly evolving, businesses constantly seek innovative solutions to stay ahead of the curve. The hybrid cloud model has gained traction as a simple way to deploy, manage and optimise your computing resources in a flexible way that can scale with your business.
This article will explore how hybrid cloud environments combine public and private clouds to give you the best of both worlds.
Public vs private cloud
Before we delve into all the great benefits of a hybrid cloud environment, let's begin by defining what public and private clouds mean to us. Whilst there are many definitions available, this is what we mean by public and private clouds:
- Public cloud – Our definition of a public cloud is a multi-tenant environment with shared resources provided by a third party from their data centre. Public cloud environments are typically delivered through a consumption-based model, including examples like Microsoft Azure.
- Private cloud – By private cloud, we mean a single-tenant environment where all the resources are accessible and available only to you. An example could be your own servers and storage within a computer room at your office or dedicated resources delivered by a service provider from within their data centre.
Flexibility & scalability
One of the most significant benefits of a hybrid cloud model is its flexibility. You can tailor your cloud environment to meet your specific needs. You can keep sensitive data and critical applications on a private cloud while using the public cloud for less sensitive workloads. This flexibility allows your business to scale resources up or down based on demand, ensuring you only pay for what you use. It's an ideal solution if your business is experiencing rapid growth.
Data security & compliance
Data storage and compliance is a primary concern for businesses, especially those operating in highly regulated industries. Hybrid cloud environments deliver a perfect balance of security and flexibility with secure private clouds for sensitive and confidential data and public clouds for less sensitive workloads.
Hybrid cloud models can help your organisation optimise IT costs. You can reduce infrastructure expenses by utilising public cloud resources for non-sensitive workloads. This pay-as-you-go approach means that you only pay for the resources you use, eliminating the need to maintain excess capacity. Moreover, it reduces the upfront capital expenditure required for building and maintaining a private cloud infrastructure.
Disaster recovery & business continuity
Unforeseen disasters or system failures can have a catastrophic effect on your business. You can set up effective disaster recovery and business continuity plans with a hybrid cloud model. Critical data and applications can be replicated to a secure private cloud, ensuring your business can operate with minimal downtime, even in a disaster.
Increased agility & innovation
Hybrid cloud environments empower your business to innovate more rapidly. Using the public cloud's on-demand resources, you can test and develop new applications and services without investing in expensive infrastructure. This flexibility fosters a culture of experimentation and innovation, helping you to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital world.
A hybrid cloud model enables resource optimisation by efficiently managing workloads. By dynamically allocating resources based on demand, you can prevent resource underutilisation or overprovisioning. This leads to better performance, cost savings, and improved customer satisfaction.
In conclusion, as the digital landscape evolves, the hybrid cloud will remain a vital tool for organisations looking to adapt, innovate and thrive in a dynamic and competitive marketplace.
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