Everyone is talking about the hybrid cloud structure, but what is it? Is it right for your business? And if so, what should you consider when shifting to a hybrid cloud infrastructure?
In this article we explore recent trends in cloud computing more generally, before detailing five areas that we think you should consider carefully when deciding whether or not to adopt a hybrid cloud structure for your business.
History of the Cloud
The concept behind cloud computing has been around since the 1950’s, when collective access to a shared resource was the only cost effective way to introduce computers to the workplace. However, it was in the 1990s, when telecommunications companies began providing virtualised private network connections, when it began to take the form that we recognise today. This in turn led to the development of public clouds, where a third party such as Amazon or Google owns and manages the datacentres where the storage is offered, and the infrastructure can be bought piecemeal by multiple customers. Services like webmail and online applications such as Office 365 are among the most common cloud applications today.
For various reasons, including security and control, private clouds; where individual organisations own and manage the hardware and use the space for their own needs, soon followed.
Each cloud form has its own benefits and drawbacks; public clouds give organisations scalability and flexibility, and relieve them of the running costs associated with managing a large data centre. On the other hand, a private cloud gives the owner full control and better security.
The hybrid cloud was born from a desire to combine the various benefits of public and private, while mitigating some of the disadvantages. Hybrid clouds can blend dedicated, local servers with cloud based infrastructure and link them together on the same network. By mixing and matching various combinations of network approaches organisations can build flexible cloud structures to meet their specific requirements.
Given all of these different considerations, how can you ensure that you create a hybrid environment that is a good fit for your needs?
There are five main areas that we think you need to consider:
- Cost and efficiency
- Security and compliance
- Regulatory compliance
- Forward planning and disaster recovery
To read about these in more detail please see the full article on Business Computing World
The Hybrid Future
In the future businesses will almost certainly continue to follow this flexible hybrid approach to their IT infrastructure. By bringing together different elements of public and private clouds organisations can combine the benefits available from each. However, maximising this opportunity depends on these organisation having a coherent understanding of their own requirements.
If you’re thinking about updating your existing IT infrastructure, or you are a growing business and need to expand, the combined use of public and private cloud services might be the solution to help you achieve the flexibility you need.