Hybrid cloud for your company: a solution that can be adapted to your needs
In the past, companies opting to store data on remote servers had the choice between the public cloud and the private cloud. Now they have an alternative that combines the benefits of both: the hybrid cloud.
A hybrid cloud: that is it is ?
The hybrid cloud is a combination of multiple cloud environments. It can include public and private clouds as well as on-premises infrastructure. It is appropriate to return to these two types of clouds:
- With the public cloud, the company that provides the cloud infrastructure shares it among several customers. If the servers are most often located off-site, some providers also offer cloud services hosted in the datacenters of their customers;
- With the private cloud, the underlying IT infrastructure is dedicated to a single customer. In this case, the cloud service can be located in the datacenter of the latter or off-site. VMware's technology allows for’elsewhere, to deploy virtual servers yourself.
To qualify as a hybrid cloud, a cloud must closely interconnect at least two of the environments mentioned above. This type of IT architecture improves the portability of workloads as well as their orchestration and management.
Why choose this type of cloud for your business ?
The hybrid cloud is an excellent choice for your business because of the many benefits it offers. Flexibility is one of its main advantages. Indeed, it will allow you toLeverage the capabilities of the public cloud in the event that the resources of a private solution are insufficient. This is the case, for example, when the data stored on your private server is too large.
The hybrid cloud will then quickly migrate the overflow to an external data center.
This type of cloud therefore provides elasticity to cope with changing resource requirements. In other words, your business will be more responsive. Hybrid solutions will be particularly suitable for you if you experience frequent fluctuations in workloads.
The same is true if your business is related to big data, because you can take advantage of the computing power of public cloud solutions.
On the other hand, a hybrid cloud infrastructure will give you the opportunity to reduce your expenses as public cloud resources are less expensive. Moreover, a large part of the suppliers only bill their customers for their actual consumption. You will avoid unnecessary expenses.
Finally, this type of cloud improves data control and security. Indeed, you will know their location. In addition, you can store your sensitive data internally, while data that is not sensitive or that you don't use much will be hosted on virtual servers.
In short, a hybrid solution offers the major advantages of cloud computing.
How to set it up ?
The deployment of an hybrid cloud is not just about ordering a public cloud solution from a provider and using it alongside your own infrastructure. The different environments must work as a single infrastructure. Therefore, it is essential that they are compatible.
In addition, you will need to list your needs and constraints to select the provider that has a cloud offering that best meets them. To do this, ask yourself several questions:
- What IT resources do you have at your disposal ?
- What do you expect from the hybrid solution ?
- What are the perspectives of evolution for your data volume ?
- What budget do you plan to allocate to the migration to a hybrid architecture ?
The chosen provider will take care of the implementation of the hybrid solution. Be sure to inform your employees beforehand about the objectives of the migration project and the changes it will involve. Also consider training them before the implementation of the new infrastructure and offer them assistance after its deployment so that they quickly become familiar with it.
For Successful adoption of a hybrid cloud in your company, Do not hesitate to call on an expert to provide full support.