For enterprises who see the benefits of both private and public cloud, as well as dedicated servers, hybrid cloud is the ideal option. Hybrid cloud is a solution that combines public and private cloud systems, together with dedicated servers, if required, into a unified infrastructure where each type of server carries out the role it is best suited for. As a result, organisations are provided with the advantages of all three.
Companies that synergise their IT in this way can create powerful, purpose-built, business-focused infrastructures that meet both their computing and financial requirements. To understand how hybrid cloud benefits enterprises, here are six of the chief benefits it offers.
1. Exceptional flexibility
A hybrid cloud infrastructure that combines a mix of dedicated servers, public and private cloud, gives enterprises the freedom to carry out workloads where they have maximum benefit. Dedicated servers, for example, can run the high-performance tasks they are designed for, while the high-availability of the cloud makes it ideal for running mission-critical services that have to remain online 100% of the time. Similarly, data can be securely stored on private cloud servers to improve compliance, while big data analytics can make use of the instant scalability available with public cloud.
The flexibility provided by the cloud enables organisations to rapidly deploy not just additional resources whenever they are required, but technologies like AI and machine learning too. This makes it easier to cope with busy periods and unexpected spikes in demand as well as enabling companies to react swiftly to changes in the marketplace.
Hybrid cloud’s flexibility also brings financial benefits, as any additional public cloud resources deployed when scaling up are only charged for on a pay as you go basis. Once the need for them has rescinded, companies can instantly scale back, helping keep expenses to an absolute minimum.
2. Improved control of infrastructure
Hybrid cloud provides organisations with excellent control over their infrastructure. Designated staff, for example, can easily be given root access to the system, while the network can be both logically and physically segmented to create the most effective structure to achieve the company’s goals.
Additionally, organisations which use multi-tenancy also have the benefit of controlling where this can happen, while enabling the most suitable hardware deployment and configuration required for optimal application performance.
3. More robust security
While public cloud providers have to meet stringent security standards themselves and implement a range of highly effective security measures, such as next-gen firewalls, for their clients, some enterprises still have security concerns when it comes to multi-tenancy and the storage of personal data.
These concerns can be overcome, however, when a hybrid cloud system incorporates dedicated servers into its infrastructure. A dedicated server enables the company to control access to different parts of the system, enabling data to be stored more securely and ensuring that the system is configured in such a way that communication between the cloud servers and dedicated servers only occurs over a private network.
4. Better compliance with regulation and policy
The implementation of GDPR in 2018 brought with it a much tougher set of data protection regulations and far heavier penalties for those organisations which fail to comply. British Airways tops the list here with a fine of £183 million. GDPR is not the only security standard companies have to comply with; others like PCI DSS, as well as internal company policies, create complex challenges for today’s enterprises.
A hybrid cloud infrastructure can, however, make it easier for enterprises to manage their compliance requirements. As mentioned above, a hybrid solution enables companies using the cloud to create a high-security area in which to store data on their dedicated servers where it can be kept separate from the cloud elements. In this way, should an intruder gain access to the cloud servers, the data remains safe from theft, corruption, deletion or infection.
5. Superior development and testing
When developing new applications, it is vital that organisations rigorously test them to ensure they are stable and perform as expected before they go live. The consequences of failure can be devastating, not just in terms of business losses but in some cases, for example where applications are used for operating aircraft or transport systems, life-threatening. One of the advantages of a hybrid cloud environment is that it gives companies the ability to see exactly how an app works before launch.
Once an app is perfected, a hybrid infrastructure also enables organisations to run it on the most appropriate servers, whether cloud or dedicated. It is even possible to run an app on a dedicated server but configure the system in such a way that, during periods of high demand, a public cloud server, with its instant scalability, caters for the additional demand in resources.
6. Choice of operating systems
Some enterprises have concerns about whether the vendor’s operating system will be compatible with their applications or their existing infrastructure. Fortunately, this is rarely an issue as there is a range of cloud operating systems that can be used, such as Linux CentOS, Debian, Ubuntu, CloudLinux and Windows Server. Having this range available also makes it useful for developing apps as they can be tested using different operating systems to see on which one the app performs best.
Enterprises can benefit from hybrid cloud infrastructures in a number of important ways. They provide exceptional flexibility and cost-efficiency, improved control of IT environments, robust security, better compliance, superior development and testing environments and a range of operating systems.
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