It seems like everyone is talking about hybrid cloud, a mixture of public, private and/or on premise clouds (in its simplest form). But why do we hear that phrase so much? Is it all that it’s cracked up to be? In a word, YES. If constructed and implemented correctly, hybrid cloud can provide numerous advantages – performance, cost, security, and compliance to name a few. In this article, we will talk about the three big reasons you should be considering a hybrid model when building your organization’s cloud strategy.
1. You Get the Best of All Clouds –
There are so many cloud options today, and very few companies can find everything they need in one cloud solution. In fact, a one-size-fits-all approach is not a prudent strategy. Doing so sets you up for failure in a number of ways. With a hybrid strategy, you can place your workloads in the environment that’s right for each one.
For example, a site with inconsistent and unpredictable traffic spikes is a perfect workload to put on the public cloud, where you can benefit from elasticity and auto-scaling tools. On the other hand, you may want to host your CRM and financial systems in-house for security purposes, and put your Drupal site (with heavy content) on a traditional hosting provider platform within their data centers, as they build optimized environments for that type of site.
With a hybrid cloud strategy, you can utilize all of these options. Additionally, if you choose the right Managed Service Provider (MSP) you can consolidate monitoring, support and billing for all of your cloud platforms into one place, with one provider. They will be able to manage it all for you, and most likely reduce your Total Cost of Ownership (on average upwards of 40%)
2. You Optimize Performance & Cost –
A hybrid strategy is crucial when thinking about performance and cost. Companies who have large databases that churn through significant amounts of data all day long, have quickly learned that the pay-by-the drink model of public cloud is not cost effective. Yet, they still want the scalability, recoverability, and elasticity in the web and application tiers that is available in the public cloud.
Smart businesses are choosing a hybrid approach, hosting their databases on dedicated/bare metal resources in a hosting company’s data center, while putting the other application and web tiers in a public cloud like AWS or Azure. The key here is knowing how to provide the right dedicated connection with enough bandwidth to optimize performance at the same time.
3. You Provide DR & HA Simplicity –
Having data and environments in multiple places clearly lends itself to Highly Available (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) strategies. For the environments where you need HA, your MSP can architect database clustering, virtual machines with auto failover capabilities, zone-to-zone redundancy, and more to ensure your environment is extremely fault tolerant and maximizes HA. This setup also lends well to Disaster Recovery. You can utilize diverse locations in public and private clouds to build a DR solution that can reside in either of the two main cloud options – public or private.
HA and DR solutions are something almost every business is working towards. Hybrid cloud solution configurations are built for these two components, utilize them!
Hybrid cloud is an excellent choice, giving you a customized solution for the needs of your business. But it can be tricky if you do not have the proper resources in-house (a team that knows all of the cloud options inclusive of HA, DR, scalability, security, compliance, cost, etc.). If that is the case, your best bet is to find an MSP you can trust as your advisor. A good MSP can guide you to the best hybrid cloud strategy for your organization.
Whatever type of cloud you choose, it is important to remember you need a strategy. You need to know where want to go with cloud, its value to your organization, and how you are going to get there.