The term hybrid cloud may be overused and therefore misunderstood. According to the National Institute of Standards and Commerce, the proper definition of the hybrid cloud is “[Hybrid] cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distant cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique entities, but that are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.”
By this definition, it becomes apparent that a hybrid cloud environment is more involved than just connecting a server to a public cloud. Instead, a hybrid cloud must have one or more distinct private clouds working in tandem with one or more public clouds, with each cloud being able to function independently of one another.
Businesses need an IT strategy that best balances the physical security of keeping mission critical assets on-premises with the nearly unlimited opportunity of the cloud. Hybrid cloud allows firms to access the economies of scale associated with a public cloud solution and still provides scalability and security for their most mission-critical data and applications.
The downside of the hybrid cloud is the high level of complexity involved with migrating and deploying different functions to different parts of your IT infrastructure, and maintaining their interoperability once they are deployed. This is why experts agree how important it is for organizations to partner with a capable cloud solutions provider and consultant.
Hybrid Cloud vs Multi-Cloud
In today’s digital world, terms like Hybrid Cloud and Multi-Cloud are thrown around interchangeably. But there is a difference.
TechTarget definesHybrid cloud as a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of an on-premises, private cloud and a third-party, public cloud, with orchestration between the two.
On the other hand, Multi-Cloud refers to a combination of multiple public cloud services and providers. These aren’t necessarily managed through orchestration software and could very well be separate deployments.
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Hybrid Cloud Deployment
Hybrid cloud is more than a middle ground between public and private cloud, and involves more than simply running difference workloads in different IT environments. Fully realized hybrid cloud deployments integrate compute, storage, security, networking, applications and management into a common, highly orchestrated on-site/off-site IT operations ‘workspace,’ enabling developers and operations personnel to leverage the speed and agility of public cloud in concert with existing tools, systems and policies being used in the enterprise data center. Learn more in this pathfinder paper.
Hybrid Cloud Assessment
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