Private cloud, virtual private cloud, colocation hosting or public cloud? With so many options, it can be difficult to know what will work best for your business. Every organisation has different requirements, which is why a hybrid cloud model is often the optimal solution.
It’s very infrequent that one model of IT infrastructure will work for every business. They might need some aspects of public, some colocation hosting and some aspects of private cloud. The beauty of a hybrid model is that it can be tailor-made to deliver the best combination of services to suit the needs and objectives of the company in question.
Why Hybrid Cloud?
For many organisations, the limitations of operating solely with a public or private cloud – or indeed through their own internal hardware – lead to inefficiencies. Utilising a bespoke hybrid cloud can create opportunities to expand a business whilst still ensuring seamless, secure day-to-day operations.
Let’s say for example, that a company’s developer is limited in their work because the business can’t provision enough computer space for development to be completed – it’s a scenario that genuinely hinders the business’ growth potential. By provisioning temporary external cloud space to handle the heavy development workload, away from the organisation’s main system, development and day-to-day operations can be carried out simultaneously at relatively low costs.
Some businesses require something a bit closer to the big bang approach. It might be that they need a private, secure yet cost-effective offsite centre to protect their data – a cloud based Backup as a Service (BaaS) solution could be the answer. Or perhaps they want to move their disaster recovery operations away from their site in case of an outage.
It’s about determining key business objectives. And taking advantage of the benefits different cloud models can offer to help deliver these.
Because hybrid models are so flexible and can be adapted to specific circumstances, they have proven a real winner for many organisations. Particularly ones with dynamic and highly changeable workloads.
Specifying a hybrid cloud can be like putting a jigsaw together. Like any IT infrastructure, it requires planning and service/vendor selection and needs to be built by experts. Those who can deliver solutions. It also needs to be tailored to what a business needs. And managed by a reliable service provider that can guarantee the service.
Reaching out to a cloud provider is like seeing a GP. For the provider, it’s about listening to each individual pain-point and resolving it with a tonic specific to them. Every business is different. But with a partner that has the tools and services in place, there are solutions for every scenario.