Keep your mission critical infrastructure secure while empowering your business with new cloud capabilities. When you collocate with Cloud Connectiv, you can also access other Cloud Connectiv services such as Cloud Infrastructure and Cloud Collaboration from the same data center. Hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment which uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. By allowing workloads to move between private and public clouds as computing needs and costs change, hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options.
Choose to host your data in a hybrid cloud via AWS, Azure, Oracle, or Google. Our expert cloud consultants can guide you every step of the way, from design to transformation and operation.
For example, an enterprise can deploy an on-premises private cloud to host sensitive or critical workloads, but use a third-party public cloud provider, such as Google Compute Engine, to host less-critical resources, such as test and development workloads. To hold customer-facing archival and backup data, a hybrid cloud could also use Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). A software layer, such as Eucalyptus, can facilitate private cloud connections to public clouds, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Maximizing Business Potential
Hybrid cloud is particularly valuable for dynamic or highly changeable workloads. For example, a transactional order entry system that experiences significant demand spikes around the holiday season is a good hybrid cloud candidate. The application could run in private cloud, but use cloud bursting to access additional computing resources from a public cloud when computing demands spike. To connect private and public cloud resources, this model requires a hybrid cloud environment.
For financial directors and IT directors, hybrid cloud provides the perfect win-win scenario, providing cost savings and delivering state-of-the-art infrastructure. When comparing the capabilities of a standard server room to a hybrid solution, an assessment of the power alone demonstrates the gap between in-house solutions and utilizing the expertise of a specialist.
Connected Globally, Quickly, Securely
When it comes to connectivity, cloud means a business is connected globally, quickly and securely. Flexible network connectivity is a cornerstone of integrating distributed environments, including cloud (AWS or Azure) and your existing on-premises equipment. Cloud can extend your on-premises network configuration into your virtual private networks on the AWS Cloud for example. The cloud resources will operate as if they are part of your existing corporate network. You can also extend your physical connectivity, which provides dedicated, consistent, private networking between your data center and the cloud regions of your choice. Hybrid Cloud allows you to seamlessly integrate your existing infrastructure with the elastic, scalable resources available in any major cloud platform.
Location, Location, Location
Choosing a colocation provider away from a city or data center hub with optimal connectivity options – both to the capital, Europe and further afield – means having the advantages of all central data centers with the added benefits of having attractive power capabilities and the security of being away from centrally targeted terrorist activity. Out-of-town colocation providers allow businesses to take full advantage of the capital’s infrastructure without the premium costs associated with it.
A colocation solution provides companies with a variety of opportunities, with exceptional SLAs and having data secured off-site, providing organizations with added levels of risk management and the chance to invest in better equipment and state-of-the-art servers. This can enable IT teams the possibility to explore options such as virtualization and condense the amount of racks and servers required.
Colocation providers are able to meet business requirements at a lower cost than if the service was kept in-house. Data centers and colocation providers have the ability to have businesses up and running within hours, as well as provide the flexibility to grow alongside your organization. Colocation space, power, bandwidth and connection speeds can all be increased where required to ensure that all sizes of colocation clients can be catered to.
Hybrid cloud adoption can be an effective strategy for a wide variety of businesses that have a tighter focus on security or unique physical presence demands. Although there is greatly minimized risk in a hybrid cloud model, allowing access from a public cloud has the remote potential of being insecure, or being the conduit through which data can be harvested. This, however, is true of almost any public network communication.
And while the upfront cost of server hardware for the private component of the hybrid cloud is high, the control that IT departments can wield over hardware selection and system design for the private component offers an invaluable way of properly tailoring resources to the needs of the organization. Assembling a private cloud to handle a standard workload, with burst compute offloaded to the public cloud, can be a long-term budget-friendly arrangement.
Ultimately, hybrid cloud allows organizations to leverage the capabilities of public cloud platform providers without offloading the entirety of their data to a third-party data center. This provides a great deal of flexibility in computing tasks, while keeping the most vital components within the company firewall.
Fit for purpose
The public cloud has delivered proven benefits for certain workloads and use cases such as start-ups, test & development, and handling peaks and troughs in web traffic. However, there can be trade-offs particularly when it comes to mission critical data security. Conversely, operating solely on dedicated gear can deliver benefits for mission critical applications in terms of enhanced security, but is of limited use for applications with a short shelf-life such as promotional events and campaigns, or any application that experiences highly variable demand patterns.
Finding a one size fits all solution for every use case is near on impossible. Businesses have different sets of requirements for different types of applications, and Hybrid Cloud offers the solution to meeting these needs.
Hybrid Cloud is a holistic approach to the consumption of IT. It is about matching the right solution to the right job. Public cloud, private cloud and dedicated servers are combined and work together seamlessly as one platform. Hybrid Cloud minimises trade-offs and breaks down technical barriers to get maximum benefit and improved performance from each component, thereby allowing you to focus on driving your business forward.
Hybrid cloud benefits are easily quantifiable. According to our research, by connecting dedicated or on-premises resources to cloud components, businesses can see an average reduction in overall IT costs of around 17%.
By leveraging the benefits of Hybrid Cloud your business can reduce overall total cost of ownership and improve cost efficiency, by more closely matching your cost pattern to your revenue/demand pattern – and in the process move your business from a capital-intensive cost model to an opex-based one.
By combining dedicated and cloud resources, businesses can address many security and compliance concerns.
The security of customer transactions and personal information is always of prime importance for any business. Previously, adhering to strict PCI compliance requirements meant running any applications that take payments from customers on isolated dedicated hardware, and keeping well away from the cloud.
Not anymore. With Hybrid Cloud businesses can place their secure customer data on a dedicated server, and combine the high performance and scalability of the cloud to allow them to conduct business and transact payments online all within one seamless, agile and secure environment.
Driving innovation and future proofing your business
Making the move to Hybrid Cloud could be the biggest step you take toward future proofing your business and ensuring you remain at the vanguard of innovation in your market.
Hybrid cloud gives your business access to vast public cloud resources, the ability to test new capabilities and technologies swiftly, and the chance to get to market faster without huge upfront investment.