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Hybrid Cloud - The Logical Middle Ground

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Hybrid Cloud - The Logical Middle Ground

Within a short span of time, cloud computing has become the most important part of an organization’s IT strategy. Constant evolution of the Cloud empowers organizations to re-strategize and leverage the full power of cloud computing. As enterprises struggle with dynamic workloads, hybrid cloud has emerged as the logical middle ground between private and public cloud environments.
With more and more enterprises adopting hybrid cloud, the market has been on an upswing for the last couple of years. According to a 2014 Market Study, the hybrid cloud market is estimated to reach a staggering $84.67 billion in 2019. Exactly how significant is the hybrid cloud and how can it benefit your business?

What is a Hybrid Cloud?
Hybrid cloud employs both private and public cloud services to perform different functions within the same organization. The public and private cloud infrastructures communicate over an encoded connection, using technology that grants portability of data and applications.
Public cloud is feasible for consumers as it is constructed using shared physical resources, and can be accessed via a public network such as the internet. Public cloud provides services to multiple clients using the same shared infrastructure. A private cloud model provides services within a virtualized environment using an underlying pool of physical computing resources.  These services are accessible by a single organization thus providing greater control and privacy. Being a highly controlled environment and not for the public eye, it sits behind a firewall.
A hybrid cloud is a composite computing environment which uses a mix of private cloud and public cloud services with orchestration between them. The aim is to combine services and data from a variety of cloud models to create a unified, automated, and well-managed computing environment. Workloads can shift between private and public clouds as computing requirements change. Thus, hybrid cloud provides companies with higher flexibility and more data deployment options.

A Cloud is hybrid when…
      When the organization uses a public development platform to send data to a private cloud.
      When the organization leverages a number of SaaS applications and moves data between private cloud or the data center.
      When a business process is designed as a service so that it can connect with environments as though they were a single environment.

A cloud is not hybrid when…
      A few developers use a public cloud service to prototype a new application which is not connected to the private cloud or the data center.
      If a company uses a SaaS applications for a project but there is no movement of data from the application to the company’s data center.

Hybrid cloud models can be implemented in a number of ways:
      Separate cloud providers team up to provide both private and public services as an integrated service.
      Individual cloud providers offer a complete hybrid package.
      Organizations with private clouds sign up to a public cloud service and integrate it into their infrastructure.

4 Key Benefits of a Hybrid Approach
The growing importance of hybrid cloud environment is revolutionizing the entire computing industry. This market shift is driven by economics and speed. Listed below are the benefits of hybrid cloud environment
      Scalability: Private cloud services offer a certain level of scalability based on whether they are hosted internally or externally. Public cloud services offer scalability with less boundaries as the resources are borrowed from a larger cloud infrastructure. By moving maximum non-sensitive functions to public cloud, a hybrid approach provides an organization with scalability while reducing the demands on a private cloud.

      Cost Efficiency: Public clouds offer more significant economies of scale than private clouds, such as centralized management. Hybrid clouds allow organizations to tap these savings for as many business functions as possible while keeping sensitive operations secure.

      Security: The private cloud element of the hybrid cloud model provides security when it is needed for sensitive operations and also regulates the requirements for data handling and storage.

      Flexibility: The presence of both secure private resources and scalable cost effective public resources provide organizations with more opportunities to explore different operational avenues.


A Final Thought
Industry analysts and cloud experts recommend that organizations should concentrate immediate efforts on integrating the applications and dynamic infrastructures to form a hybrid solution. Apart from benefits such as customization and security, a hybrid solution provides integration with Big Data platforms that reliably process large data sets. This helps companies gain insights into the business on a real-time basis. With these benefits, hybrid cloud adoption is likely to experience higher levels of adoption in the near future, and for good reason too.
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