Enterprise: the advantages of the hybrid cloud

Cloud storage offers many possibilities for businesses today. It comes in 3 main solutions, including private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud. Discover the advantages of the latter.

The hybrid cloud: how it works

A hybrid cloud is an IT architecture used in business and which assembles at least a private cloud and a public cloud. These work together to provide a flexible mix of cloud computing services. The hybrid cloud provides an infrastructure and operating model that handles applicable workloads across both environments. This has the advantage of providing the ability to seamlessly migrate workloads from public cloud to private, or vice versa depending on your business needs. For its operation, a hybrid cloud can rely on various applications :

  • a local area network (LAN),
  • a virtual private network (VPN),
  • a wide area network (WAN).

It also incorporates management software that allows applications to be run on the cloud. The hybrid cloud therefore works in the same way as a private or public cloud when used individually.

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Securing and protecting your data with the hybrid cloud

A company's data is the foundation of its activities. Their loss or alteration can have devastating consequences on its functioning and sustainability. Data protection is therefore of great importance. Hybrid cloud technology guarantees optimal protection of your data. The hybrid cloud gives you the flexibility to choose where to store your information. Your choice may be made taking into account your company's policy and specific security requirements.

This technology also gives you the opportunity to strengthen the security of your data as PlanetHoster's dedicated HybridCloud serverWith real-time vulnerability patches. It then gives you access to strict security measures such as encryption and access control. You can therefore know in real time who is accessing your data and take appropriate measures when necessary. With this solution, you can additionally keep your sensitive information on the private cloud and leverage the public cloud for other data.

Cost optimization

To some extent, the use of enterprise hybrid cloud helps you save money. When you use part of the public cloud, you reduce the cost of on-premises infrastructure by using fewer machines on your premises for setting up a data center. Similarly, some private cloud applications require the purchase of a license, the cost of which varies according to the computing power desired during the subscription. It's an investment you can significantly reduce with the public cloud. Also, as your customer demand grows, it may mean expanding your infrastructure when investing solely in the private cloud. This project can be particularly expensive. With hybrid cloud, you avoid these costly expenses and only invest your funds for cloud resources that will truly benefit you.

Hybrid cloud offers flexibility

Another advantage of the hybrid cloud is the flexibility it gives you. This is particularly useful for companies that are subject to a wide range of requirements regarding strategic digital projects and their applications. This cloud solution gives you access to options that allow you to determine where and when data and workloads are deployed. This optimizes computer response. The hybrid cloud solution also represents a single operating model that is common to all environments. Your company's IT department can simplify its operations as a result. Operating and capital expenditures are also optimally combined. Since everything is more flexible, operational and security risks are also greatly reduced. The hybrid cloud also offers managers enough flexibility to support teleworkers.

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The best in private and public cloud

With the private cloud, you benefit from the best in terms of private and public cloud. You no longer have to choose between the two solutions. Before the advent of the hybrid cloud, companies could turn to the public cloud, which is characterized by its flexibility and speed of deployment. In the absence of the latter, they could instead opt for the private cloud which is more secure and offers more control. It is now possible to benefit from advantages of these two solutions with the hybrid cloud.

There are also specific hybrid cloud platforms that also integrate elements of private and public clouds. These work in a synchronized way to achieve the objectives of the company that uses them. It is also important to distinguish between hybrid cloud and multicloud. Multicloud consists of multiple public cloud providers. A cloud architecture can therefore be hybrid without being multicloud and vice versa. It can be both hybrid and multicloud.

What to choose between private cloud, public cloud and hybrid cloud for your company?

Private, public and hybrid clouds each have their advantages. The strengths of the first two, however, are combined in the last. In order to benefit your company, we recommend that you opt for this solution. However, it should be noted that the hybrid cloud is particularly suitable for certain types of businesses. If your company experiences periods of strong fluctuations in the need for cloud resources (holidays, other special celebrations, etc.), the hybrid cloud could be useful for you. During these periods, it is likely that your internal infrastructure is saturated. In this case, with a hybrid solution, you can use a public cloud temporarily to support the flow of additional data. If your business provides services on an ongoing basis, use a hybrid cloud will also simplify things for you. You will be able to store your data in-house and use other continuously hosted applications or software that are more flexible and less expensive to deploy.

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