A hybrid cloud is an integrated cloud service utilizing both private and public clouds to perform distinct functions within the same organization. All cloud computing services should offer certain efficiencies to differing degrees but public cloud services are likely to be more cost efficient and scalable than private clouds. Therefore, an organization can maximize their efficiencies by employing public cloud services for all non-sensitive operations, only relying on a private cloud where they require it and ensuring that all of their platforms are seamlessly integrated.
By having parallel cloud networks accessible through the same architecture, businesses have the ability to utilize the benefits of both, including faster data transfer and increased privacy. This means that hybrid users have the ability to develop applications and process information securely over the private cloud network, whilst concurrently utilizing the cloud network for more non-threatening tasks such as sharing large amounts of resources and hosting publicly available data.
There are certain processes that are preformed much more efficiently when using dedicated, on-site hardware. With this in mind, IT professionals can help to cut costs by designating which tasks are best suited for each particular technology. By optimizing these processes and boosting efficiency, costs related to overburdened resources can be greatly reduced
Hybrid cloud technology allows the IT team to organize workloads in the most efficient way possible. The mixture of public and private cloud deployments allows organizations to transition app, resource and data deployment between public and private infrastructure based on evolving business-oriented IT needs. Both on-site servers and off-site cloud resources are available and can also be integrated to provision resources for changing IT needs based on varying business policies.
Sensitive data can be secured on private servers with many layers of encryption that can only be accessed in house, whilst non-sensitive and publicly-accessible data and applications can be accessed through a public server.