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5 Advantages of Using the Hybrid Cloud

January 11, 2021 by Bamboo Duck
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These days, cloud computing has completely overhauled the network environments scene. At one point, organizations were compelled to store their data and computing operations in on-premises, private data centers. This entailed a great deal of infrastructure and maintenance costs.

By contrast, we can now easily access spread assets and activities with virtualization and multiple service platforms. Nonetheless, there are some drawbacks to public cloud services. These mainly include concerns over lack of privacy and control. As a result, many companies avoid going with fully public clouds.

This is where hybrid clouds come in. Companies can opt for hybrid cloud deployments to minimize privacy and control issues while maximizing the benefits of public cloud environments.Hybrid clouds are an increasingly popular solution for companies that want to adopt a customizable solution to their  IT needs.

Let’s discuss the 5 advantages of using the hybrid cloud.

1.    Security

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A key concern for networked applications is to protect precious data. Although cloud vendors go to great lengths to protect customer data, the concern persists when using public clouds. These open environments are more susceptible to cyber attacks and data leaks than private networks.

Companies can’t afford these risks to their critical customer data or proprietary data and assets. However, a hybrid cloud solution leverages the security of a private cloud with the services and advantages of a public cloud.

In fact, a hybrid cloud offers data storage in a private environment with added encryption methods. This provides additional layers of security before transmission to the public cloud.

2.    Control

Control is another key benefit of the hybrid cloud solution. Instead of handing over an entire IT infrastructure to a 3rd party cloud provider, organizations can customize the hybrid cloud to suit their particular needs on the private end. Privately segmented network applications give an internal IT department control over business-critical operations and infrastructure and server management.

While many public cloud providers are fairly responsive, companies stand to gain with direct control over their IT assets in a hybrid cloud setup. In an evolving business environment, the ability to reconfigure and adjust the cloud environment is important for vital data assets control. This entails lesser disruption and more access. There is also less chance of surprise with changes to your cloud vendor’s policy and terms.

3.    Scalability

The substantial capital investment required to build, maintain and expand that network is a key challenge for creating a private network. Prior to public clouds that allowed for significant computer resource expansion without  physical infrastructure investment, purchasing new servers was the only option. This counteracted the advantages of having a private, in-house network by limiting the company’s agility.

Enter the hybrid cloud architecture. Now, you have the best of both worlds. You can keep your critical data, operations and assets in the private cloud, and simultaneously leverage cloud computing services expansion on the public cloud. Moreover, companies can quickly and efficiently increase their operational capacity without incurring huge fixed and variable costs.

With public cloud computing resources at your disposal, even small organizations can develop new applications and run powerful analytics tools. Hybrid clouds, therefore, provide the best opportunity for all kinds of companies to easily and effectively scale their operations.

4.    Speed

A hybrid cloud environment isn’t necessarily faster than a multi-cloud or public cloud. However, it does allow IT staff to minimize latency and speed up data flows by optimizing the network. Hybrid environments also tap into edge computing architectures. These increase speed by locating critical services nearer to the end user.

Catering to many customers for many tasks spreads resources thin for public clouds. In contrast, private clouds can be tailor-made to significantly reduce resource demands. Moreover, you can manage a lighter architecture by offloading critical operations to the public cloud. Furthermore, you can set up  your network configuration to handle only critical traffic. Conveniently, your private end of the hybrid cloud can be adapted to work faster and more productively for your organization.

5.    Cost

There are additional costs for establishing a private end and a public environment in a hybrid cloud setup. However, it’s use reduces IT costs in the long run. And as previously mentioned, the scalability of a hybrid cloud means avoiding substantial costs of a purely private cloud. You can also mitigate hefty expenses of cloud provider migration by storing your vital data in the private end of a hybrid cloud.

Many public cloud providers have terms and conditions on storage and management in their network. In some cases, a client will need to pay a termination fee to migrate their data out of one public cloud and into another. In other instances, the provider isn’t even obligated to return the data in a format that is usable by the client which comes with serious risks to migration.

Your critical data will always be stored in the private cloud in a hybrid cloud. This eases the switch between public cloud providers and entails huge cost-saving in the long term.

Final Thoughts

With so many benefits for organizations, the hybrid cloud deployment is one of the best options for businesses. Companies can take advantage of security, control and scalability while keeping costs to the bare minimum. This is an especially useful asset to have in your company’s arsenal in today’s fast-changing economic environment.

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