What is Hybrid Cloud?

A hybrid cloud is an integrated cloud service which uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services, designed for use by a single organization. This combination of cloud environments operate independently of each other while communicating over an encrypted connection.  By employing public cloud services for non-sensitive operations and private cloud services for storing protected or privileged data, hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more data deployments options.

A hybrid cloud can be implemented in a variety of different ways. The simplest way is when an individual cloud provider offers a complete hybrid package. The second way is when different cloud providers team up to provide an integrated private and public cloud service. Lastly, it can be employed when an organization that manages their own private cloud signs up and integrates a public cloud service into their infrastructure.

Benefits of the hybrid cloud model include:

  • IT decision makers have more control over both the private and public components rather than being confined to a prepackaged model.
  • Scalability from the public cloud helps reduce the demands on the private cloud.
  • The public cloud element offers greater economies of scale, allowing business to benefit from cost reductions while still keeping sensitive data secure.
  • The private cloud element provides security for sensitive information while still being able to satisfy regulatory requirements for data handling and storage.
  • Reduces access time and latency by having directly accessible on-premises, private infrastructure.
  • Valuable for dynamic or highly changeable workloads
  • Facilitates connectivity
  • Big Data processing

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