C-level executives understand the cloud. At least, they understand the importance of the cloud as it relates to their business function and IT operations.
And, while many are clearly grasping the various risks and benefits of public, private and hybrid cloud services, the real winners in the cloud game are those who embrace what we anticipate to be the new “norm” of the cloud: hybrid solutions.
Most executives and IT decision-makers know the advantages and disadvantages of the public and private cloud models for their business.
With the varying needs for privacy, security, growth capability and investment required, it’s easy to see why an organization would choose a hybrid solution over the other two.
If you require any level of increased security, the hybrid cloud is your choice
However, it’s the smart organizations and companies that are choosing the hybrid model as the obvious choice for their cloud needs. Hybrid, if you didn’t already know, is the term we use to describe a network that uses elements of both the private and public cloud.
The example we like to use is of a company that hosts a proprietary application on a private cloud, but needs more resources during periods of high user activity. During peak times, a public cloud would be used to gain added resources while enjoying some cost savings.
Other advantages of the hybrid cloud include:
- Increased accessibility for internal and external users
- Higher security versus purely public clouds
- Ability to added resources when needed without costly cloud infrastructure purchases
Of course, with any cloud installation, there can be disadvantages, and depending on your particular business, you should be aware of these potential hazards:
- Inefficiency of monitoring multiple security platforms
- Rules and policies in place for an organization’s private cloud do not always carry over to the public side and vice versa
- Increased security risk of public cloud use
Even with these potential disadvantage – there are solutions to minimize – even eliminate them through proper cloud automation solutions.
Is the hybrid option ALWAYS the best choice? That depends on your business.
So, that leads us to the question of the day: Why is the hybrid cloud the best option for today’s business needs?
Well, if you have a business that has unpredictable fluctuations in traffic needs (such as ecommerce sites), the hybrid cloud is the way to go. Remember, the hybrid cloud has a private side to it – meaning a business can use those secure resources to protect data and maintain security for customers while leveraging the public side to perform operations that aren’t as security-sensitive.
For customers, it’s a seamless integration – they get a lightning fast experience when demand is high without sacrificing their personal data and security.
Unless you can afford a completely private cloud for all your business needs, a hybrid cloud solution is the way to go.
We’re confident that, with today’s robust businesses, the hybrid model will rule the marketplace, but whether or not the hybrid cloud model is right for your business is a question that can only be answered by though leaders and decision-makers within your organization.
It is possible that the public cloud is a more viable option for smaller companies or with those who haven’t yet allocated the budget for private cloud installations, but for those who simply can’t operate without the increased security of a private or semi-private cloud installation – hybrid will be in their future.
Here at CAS, our services bridge the gaps between private and public clouds to give you services that match your unique needs. If you aren’t certain what type of cloud is right for you – or if you need help ensuring your current cloud configuration reflects your business and security needs, let us know. Our experts can guide you to the best solution for your continued business success.