These days almost everyone is talking about moving to the clouds. The cloud model, it seems offer a lot of practical solutions to an IT manager’s problems. But some companies are hesitant to place their most sensitive information in cloud storage. They would rather keep these types of information onsite, where they have complete control over them; they are concerned about security.
For companies with serious concerns for the security of some of their data, but would like to take advantage of the practicality of cloud computing services, the answer is the hybrid cloud model. Hybrid cloudis the term used to describe the mix of on premises, private cloud and public cloud services used by some organizations for their computing requirements. Some files which are closely guarded now may soon be opened to the public and freely discussed subjects may suddenly require more security. The hybrid cloud model makes it possible for organizations to move their files and documents to and from each platform based on changing requirements.
The Advantages Of A Hybrid Cloud Solution
The hybrid cloud can be considered a game changer because it offers companies the best of both worlds; security for the most sensitive documents in a private cloud and the practicality of a public cloud for ordinary files.
A hybrid solution makes it imperative to consider the most effective answer for each aspect of your computing requirements. Thus, some mission-critical data would obviously need the greater control and security offered by your own servers. However, having your own servers and private cloud entails a substantial increase in cost. However, for the bulk of your documents, especially those involving short term projects, you can always use cost-effective public cloud solutions. And public cloud solutions offer significant cost savings, not least of them not having to procure, set-up and maintain your own servers.
Having the bulk of your documents in a public cloud makes it easy to respond to variations in workload. All public cloud companies offer scalability and the pay-as-you-go model as their most compelling selling points; that aside from security and reliability. Best of all, the pay-as-you-go model makes sure the scalability does not cost companies a penny until they need it. In traditional fully onsite systems, companies have to provide for peaks in demand which leaves a lot of capability unused most of the time.
The hybrid cloud also gives companies a lot of flexibility that they do not have to pay a lot for. Take hardware for example, cloud service providers procure, set-up and maintain the required servers. When these become obsolete, the replacement cost is again borne by cloud providers. The same holds true of software. Cloud providers update the software and when a new one comes along all a company has to do is ask for the new software. Thus, through cloud based solutions companies can keep pace with rapid developments in hardware and software without incurring great cost. This recent article explores why the use of hybrid clouds keep growing.
A hybrid cloud is the most practical solution for most organizations. Perhaps it’s time you explored the many ways your organization can benefit from it.