The demand for hybrid cloud computing is growing steadily as businesses seek to capitalize on improved cost structures while also maximizing the security of their networks. By combining public cloud services with their own private cloud, businesses can realize a number of benefits including:
* Optimizing operations – Hybrid cloud computing enables businesses to run various processes in their optimal format. Generally speaking, repetitive and basic business processes will be allocated to a public cloud and mission critical data and other sensitive information can be run through the private cloud. By strategically allocating processes to the public cloud, businesses can also reduce the demands on their private cloud.
* Cost-effective operations – Being able to choose between cloud formats can also prove to be very cost-effective as the cost of provisioning services from a public cloud is typically far less than buying or licensing them. Additionally, certain aspects of the processes maintained on the private cloud can be run through the public cloud, which can reduce operational costs and decrease infrastructure requirements.
* Date storage options – Businesses can select the best format for data storage, with archived data and less-sensitive information being stored with a public cloud and highly-sensitive data remaining with the private cloud. While security on public clouds has long been a concern, these service providers have extensive experience in protecting their networks and, knowing that doubts about security are an important issue for potential and existing clients, have steadily fortified their security processes. Heightened security is now giving businesses the confidence to store more data with public clouds, thus lightening demand on their private clouds.
* Versatility that facilitates rapid scalability – One of the disadvantages of the exclusive use of a private cloud is that scaling up or down can be costly and/or time consuming. A hybrid cloud with touch points between the public and private sides can enable fast adjustments to capitalize on growing opportunities with services provisioned on a pay per use basis through the public cloud.
Hybrid cloud computing allows businesses to select between public and private clouds depending on the specifics of each operational process. This allows for a more cost-effective solution than building the required infrastructure for the exclusive use of a private cloud while also delivering the customization of applications and processes that goes beyond the scope of a public cloud.