Cloud computing has revolutionized the cost-effective deployment of information technology systems and resources, providing affordable data storage, Internet bandwidth and computing power while ensuring high accessibility, availability and security.
Cloud computing comes in two flavors: public options like AWS and Azure, where everything is hosted on shared infrastructure, and private clouds that operate on firewall-protected, dedicated infrastructure operated at the company’s local or hosted data center. The non-shared, isolated private cloud provides tighter security, and in some cases, higher performance, while the public cloud offers freedom to stretch and scale affordably.
Hybridizing these solutions is a way to optimally meet the company’s overall infrastructure needs while realizing the greatest possible economic advantage. However, taking a hybrid cloud approach presents a “challenge on top of the challenge” of implementing a basic cloud computing strategy. Multiple cloud environments and instances run in private data centers while multiple public clouds operate at the same time. Though independent of each other, the public and private cloud infrastructures communicate and allow data and applications to move back and forth. Integrity and flexibility must be maintained across the internal and external clouds, as well as management and monitoring, security, data protection, application integration, and more.
Hybrid cloud computing seems to be the direction most companies are taking to achieve computing flexibility. To maximize value, critical operations can be reserved to run in the private cloud environment to keep vital data components within the company firewall, while the public cloud carries out heavy processing tasks involving less sensitive data.
According to leading online tech publication The Register, for companies with a tighter focus on security or intolerance for latency the shift to infrastructure-level cloud computing as more of a “slow burn” than a “stampede.” In the first quarter of 2017 The Register polled 700 readers about their attitudes toward public and private cloud computing. Twenty seven percent of responders indicate that they have been using on-premise cloud infrastructure solutions for five years or longer. An orientation toward private cloud computing (cloud architecture running in a private data center) coexists strongly with the move to public cloud options. The survey showed more respondents (40% - 50%) are planning or already using private clouds for preproduction environments, web application hosting, and other business workloads, than are using public clouds (23% - 35%).
Private/Public hybrid cloud solutions allow an organization to move workloads around freely and make sure a given application is always running in the most appropriate place for its performance characteristics and compliance requirements. Vazata’s custom Hybrid Cloud solutions blend the convenience and agility of on-demand public clouds like AWS and Azure with the security and performance of a private cloud—all in a managed service offering that deletes infrastructure complexity from your to-do list.
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