Hybrid cloud architecture is quickly becoming the preferred way of conducting business among cloud providers.
By leveraging the management of resources between internal and external sources, an organization can improve the reliability and stability of a service. This is an ideal situation for companies that want to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that public cloud computing environments provide, while still allocating critical applications to secure, managed and controlled in-house resources.
Provisioning of IT Infrastructure
The time required to provision and deprovision the IT Infrastructure can take days or weeks with a physical server. Agility with a hybrid system is more flexible due to the fact that resources are already available and waiting to be used.
For a business that wants to remain competitive, it’s crucial that networks are deployed rapidly and seamlessly. Cloud servers can be deployed in minutes, while mission-critical applications can remain in-house for increased security. Using hybrid cloud architecture allows a company to maintain fast deployments while effectively managing security.
The process of deployment is dramatically simplified with a cloud server, and this is partially due to the high level of automation possible. Provisioning, de-provisioning and re-deployment can be automated using web consoles and application program interfaces (APIs).
Since IT systems administrators don’t have to spend as much time on managing and supporting infrastructures, this leaves more time to deal with security-related concerns and improve the efficiency of existing systems. Cloud architectures also save significant employee resources. One system administrator can typically manage 50 physical servers. In contrast, a single administrator in a cloud-based environment can manage up to 500 servers. When using a hybrid system, a good balance between cost and support can be more easily managed.
Scalability and Flexibility
The secure applications and data hosted on a hybrid system typically remain on-site. Since only secure data is stored in-house, this makes it possible to outsource day-to-day operations and applications to a cloud-based service. The advantages include a rapid response and on-demand resources. Maintaining cloud-based servers makes it possible to quickly respond to unanticipated application development and production needs.
Generally, these applications require large numbers of resources. With cloud computing, it’s possible to increase the average utilization of computing resources by 100 times. This provides good stability in cases where web traffic spikes or there is a sudden need for additional resources. Workloads that require the ability to access on-demand scalability benefit from the availability of cloud resources.
Hybrid cloud deployment requires a system that can minimize change. It doesn’t matter how similar the public and private cloud servers are matched. Ultimately, differences will exist between the two designs, and this can cause problems with deployment. Once the systems are merged however, it’s possible to maintain a higher level of security without sacrificing on performance. Hybrid servers are ideal for companies that don’t expect to make regular changes to their software applications and system design.
The best option for companies that want to maintain a hybrid cloud system is to find a single entity that can provide both private and public services as an integrated package. This way, much of the compatibility between the two systems will be managed by a dedicated IT staff.
Perhaps the most important reason to go with a hybrid system is to maintain a high level of security. Sensitive data can be housed within the private cloud element. This can improve the security and protect highly sensitive operations.
Hybrid systems can also satisfy many of the regulatory requirements for data handling and storage. Companies that want to maintain their own private cloud environment can do so, but this will require much more coordination between the company’s IT administrators and the public cloud provider’s staff.
As venture capitalism continues to drive the innovation of many businesses, it has become increasingly important to maintain rapid deployment of networks without sacrificing security. The infusion of cash from venture capitalists often comes with changes in management, strict deadlines and strict performance benchmarks.
When a company wants to maintain their own secure, private cloud, but finds the need to expand beyond corporate headquarters it can make sense to deploy a hybrid cloud architecture. According to a recent Infosys study, hybrid cloud systems are the answer for about 75-percent of enterprises. As threats of data breach continue to grow and expand into new methods, the need for security continues to increase, the use of hybrid technologies to maintain control of sensitive data while cutting costs is expected to rise.