Today we are talking about a technology that is useful for managing data that companies usually need to keep on hand at all times and store in secure places.
Where can the data that companies decide to keep end up?
Among the investments considered by companies, these are the most common:
- Implementation of a Disaster Recovery strategy (protection from localised disasters), a much broader protection than simply protecting one's own data through regular backups on the production data centre (which may be insufficient in the event of serious problems),
- Adoption of a "Serverless" strategy, that is the implementation of cloud technology, a procedure that totally dispenses with the use of physical hardware and embraces remote data centres.
Both of these solutions have an increase in costs, sometimes very high and for some unfeasible.
But, what if we told you that you don't always have to make a choice and that there is a way to optimise costs? The solution is called hybrid cloud.
What methods do cloud technologies use to keep data safe?
- Housing: renting physical space in a data centre
- Hosting: renting a physical server
- IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service): rental of dedicated virtual machines without knowing what hardware our data is hosted on
- SaaS / PaaS (Software as a Service or Platform as a Service): rental of services such as web servers or databases, without knowing what operating system is offering us the service.
Having reached this point, let us better understand what the hybrid cloud is and how it differs from the pure cloud we explained earlier.
The hybrid cloud allows the coexistence of services both on an on-premise infrastructure and on a remote infrastructure purchased from an external provider. It is therefore a type of cloud computing that combines local infrastructure, or a private cloud, with a public cloud. Hybrid clouds allow data and apps to be moved between the two environments.
Part of the data is then stored at the company's premises, while the rest is deposited on the servers of a particular provider, so the company will outsource part of its services.
What are the real advantages of the hybrid cloud?
- Cost savings. The hybrid cloud model makes it possible to extend the cost advantages of the public cloud to as many business functions as possible, while still relying on the private cloud.
- Agility. The need to adapt and change direction is fundamental to any organisation, especially a digital business.
- Common data management. While remaining distinct, the on-premise data centre, public and private cloud resources and workloads communicate with each other.
- Simplicity. The transition to the cloud does not necessarily have to be done in one go, as you can gradually migrate just a few workloads at a time.
- Security. Multiple environments are one of the best defences against security risks, as companies choose where to place sensitive data according to their needs, while security teams can standardise redundant cloud storage to reduce disaster recovery activities.
If you want to know more about the hybrid cloud and the benefits it could have on your business, we recommend that you take a look at our latest webinar where our IT Infrastructure Coordinator Filippo explains a couple of things.