Cloud computing has evolved rapidly over the last few years to cope with the demands of businesses. There is the growing consensus on the importance of the Hybrid Cloud in IT as companies take advantage of technical innovations. Hybrid Cloud is a combination of private or on premises cloud services and public cloud services with coordination between the two platforms to produce desired results seamlessly. It has proven advantageous to small to large businesses with varied computing demands.
Private Cloud service is developed and supported by a single organization for their employees. Cloud automation replaces most IT related services to support customers. A highly controlled environment wherein business rules and processes are contained and implemented through software for manageability and predictability. It is a long-term investment that is composed of hardware, networking, storage, services, interfaces and applications owned and operated by the organization or enterprise with focus on security and compliance.
Commercial cloud services are provided by a third party, such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft, for the use of different individuals and companies. These public cloud services are able to handle large volumes of repetitive and simple/straightforward workloads, while charging for only what is utilized. They provide shared storage and computer services that optimize their hardware and software in supporting specific tasks for their clients. Public clouds are highly scalable data centers that hide the details of underlying infrastructures from their clients.
Hybrid Cloud Advantages
In a Hybrid Cloud environment, both private and public platforms are used to cope with the computing demands of an organization. So how can this be helpful to small businesses? Cloud computing in a small business has saved the enterprise on labor costs as it automates and modifies certain IT services. Hybrid Cloud is taking cloud computing up another notch with the utility of the two platforms. In permitting the workload to move from one platform to the other, it gives businesses flexibility and increases data movement options. It is most useful in these following conditions for small businesses:
- It is handy for dynamic and highly changeable task loads. Transactional order entry system that encounters a sudden seasonal demand increase is one example of a dynamic task load. The application runs at ordinary times in the private cloud but as demand surge are encountered it can tap into the public cloud for additional computing resources, such as storage and other straightforward tasks. To connect the two platforms, this business model needs a hybrid cloud environment, to seamlessly supply the increased demand without experiencing a breakdown of the application.
- Large data processing benefits from a hybrid cloud storage to maintain accumulated. The public cloud serves as expansion support to demanding allocated computing tasks. It is flexible and scalable and removes the need for the organization to make capital spending to accommodate short-term demand increases.
Small businesses benefit from a hybrid cloud as it can do away with spending on additional resources to cope with short-term demand increases. The public side of the hybrid can supply the resources needed and the enterprise only pays for the resources it consumes or as needed. A cloud environment requires hardware, network, storage, services and applications, a costly investment but highly valuable as it reduces certain costs in business operations and particularly IT services over time. In addition, taking it up another notch to handle certain increases in the demand, provide better service, hybrid cloud provides the flexibility to address these demands and services.