Over the past few decades, the demand for scalable, high-performance cloud-native infrastructure has grown dramatically. Technology giants like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft have massive data centers, with an even more immense breadth of configuration options, to facilitate the creation of fine-tuned infrastructure deployments for your business.
These cloud implementations can be run via the public cloud to minimize running costs through the sharing of computing resources. You can also use a private cloud solution, offloading infrastructure management to a service provider. The private cloud comes at a higher cost but offers a higher level of security and processing availability when compared to the public cloud.
But what if you could combine the cost savings of the public cloud, with the dedicated hardware and bolstered security of a private cloud solution?
The hybrid cloud is a mixture of public and private cloud computing resources. You can also incorporate an on-premises IT infrastructure into this strategy if used by your business. There are advantages and disadvantages to using this kind of IT deployment strategy, but if done right, you can reap immense rewards.
Here are some advantages and disadvantages to hybrid cloud strategies:
Multiple Cloud Providers – With a hybrid cloud strategy, you have the option of diversifying your infrastructure across multiple cloud platforms.
This offers you the flexibility to choose between “best-in-breed” hardware solutions and the most cost-effective solutions provided in the cloud. You could opt for an accredited security-focused solution for your data storage, contrasted by a scalable public cloud instance for website hosting. This ensures maximal data security for your business, and minimal expenditure on IT operations in the cloud, helping you meet both financial targets and service delivery objectives.
These benefits must be weighed against the increased development work required to achieve smooth operation. Cloud providers want to keep you ring-fenced in their ecosystem, meaning you’re left with the task of integrating and managing communication between these infrastructures. You also increase infrastructure operations management workloads and risks, thanks to multiple contracts with cloud vendors, and numerous points of failure on your network.
Retaining On-Premises with the Hybrid Cloud – For larger or highly specialized businesses, it may be necessary to retain your on-premises infrastructure. This could be due to the complexity of migrating to the cloud, or to mitigate the risks associated with handing your sensitive data over to a third party. You could retain your on-premises data center to ensure security compliance while offloading less sensitive tasks to the cloud to maximize savings.
In this case, you’ll need to consider how to integrate these systems with a hybrid cloud strategy. There are numerous orchestration utilities on the market that simplify the management of heterogeneous infrastructure deployments. These utilities can leverage platform-native management tools from your hosting provider, all from a unified management dashboard. Due to the cloud-agnostic approach of these solutions, you can use technologies like single-sign-on (SSO) to omit the need for usernames and passwords, increasing account security and accessibility on your network.
For the majority of businesses, retaining an on-premises deployment will become too cost-prohibitive over time. The burden of server maintenance lies with your IT department, necessitating the hiring of IT engineers to do the work. You lack scalability during unexpected peaks in traffic, reducing operational agility and increasing costs associated with hardware upgrades. Overall, the retention of on-premises hardware can only be justified in very limited circumstances.
Trianz is a leading hybrid cloud implementation firm, with decades of experience helping our clients to facilitate meaningful digital migrations in the cloud. We’ve partnered with ServiceNow, a leading cloud orchestration solution, to deliver unified, cloud-agnostic infrastructure management for our clients. Our proprietary Concierto.Cloud platform is also purpose-built for hybrid cloud management, maximizing value and minimizing risks associated with cloud investment.
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