Hybrid cloud promises to marry the benefits of public cloud and on-premises infrastructure.
On-premises infrastructure gives enterprises greater control over their data, applications and connectivity, and is necessary for some regulatory compliance -- for example, European data sovereignty regulations requiring customer data be stored in its country of origin.
Public cloud, meanwhile, provides flexibility, reduced cost, increased security and lets enterprises outsource the hassle of running IT infrastructure.
Hybrid cloud provides the best of both: Run workloads on premises, on hosted private cloud, or in the public cloud -- wherever it makes the most sense. Get the control of on-premises infrastructure and the flexibility and reduced cost of public cloud.
At least, that's the theory. It works if you do it right. Do it wrong and you get the worst of both worlds.
VMware Inc. has good advice on making the most of your hybrid cloud deployment in this handy infographic:
Phil_Britt, User Rank: Light Sabre 5/18/2017 | 3:08:44 PM
Hybrid clouds Due to the sensitivity of the data that they have and due to regulatory concerns, many financial services providers opt for the hybrid cloud, but like companies in other industries, financial institutions are losing much of the internal tech expertise to operate the infrastructure for internal cloud portion, so more are going to away from hybrid clouds to public clouds.
Re: Hybrid clouds It may be a cost effective solution as well since public clouds will be able to achieve economies of scale faster and address backup and disaster recovery. The complexity of all the moving parts and the costs cannot be underestimated.
Phil_Britt, User Rank: Light Sabre 5/18/2017 | 6:04:30 PM
Re: Hybrid clouds That's true, but financial services firms tread carefully where regulators are concerned. Regulations require that U.S. financial institutions know where their data is, and it cannot be stored in offshore locatons. Until relatively recently, until some cloud providers made some changes to keep FI data onshore, that meant some couldn't service financial services providers.
Re: Hybrid clouds It's a good restriction because of the possible impacts to US financial markets and the economy. There should also be regulations on backup, as we saw with the ransomware attack this week critical services like medical care were shut down. Appropriate backup and disaster recovery could have addressed some of those issues. If we can't dismantle the threat we need to mitigate it.
Phil_Britt, User Rank: Light Sabre 5/18/2017 | 8:00:37 PM
Re: Hybrid clouds I've been writing about backups/disaster recovery for a couple of decades, but some still do't get it. Backkup services will thrive for a while now. But in a few months, backups will be forgotten again.
kq4ym, User Rank: Light Sabre 5/25/2017 | 3:51:34 PM
Re: Hybrid clouds The graphics certainly put it in an more understandable way, and how right it may be that when things go right, they really do, and conversely look out for when the plan goes wrong. But most likely the odds for the future are that the hybrid cloud is the way to go with some thoughtful planning on that journey.
Re: Hybrid clouds Eventually Hybrid Cloud will disappear IMO but for now, the cloud technology needs to mature and we need a safety net that is the hybrid solution. Once the evolution is complete and the technology matures it will disappear.
AT&T recently cut a big cloud deal with IBM. Then AT&T cut a big cloud deal with Microsoft the next day. That doesn't mean we're caught in a timeloop – the deals are different, and have plenty of unanswered questions.