A hybrid data center is a scalable and secure solution for companies to quickly adopt new technologies. With a hybrid IT environment you combine a network of public cloud resources with on-premise or private cloud computing. This makes your company a lot more agile and can scale up resources as needed. In this blog, we will discuss these and other advantages of a hybrid data center in more detail.
The main benefit to the transition to a hybrid data center is control. Instead of placing all components of the IT infrastructure with an external cloud provider, companies can tailor the private part of their hybrid cloud model to their specific needs. Since some of the network applications remain private, the in-house IT team can maintain control of critical operations and take care of the day-to-day management of servers and other infrastructure.
When you can keep control over your network applications, it delivers more speed. A hybrid cloud environment is not necessarily faster than a multi or public cloud environment. However, it allows your IT team to minimize network latency and makes it easier to get data where it needs to be. Furthermore, with a hybrid cloud environment, you can leverage edge computing capabilities to further increase speed and locate critical services closer to end users.
Protecting critical data is a challenge with all network applications, but this is especially true for public clouds. While cloud providers are committed to ensuring that customer data is protected, the fact remains that public clouds are fundamentally much more open environments than a private network. This makes them more vulnerable to cyber attacks and various forms of data breaches. For organizations that cannot afford to take risks with customer data or their own proprietary data and resources, a public cloud simply poses too many risks.
By using a hybrid cloud environment, organizations have the best of both worlds. Critical data, components, and operations can remain in the private cloud, but organizations can now leverage the comprehensive power of cloud computing to rapidly and efficiently increase their operational capacity. Public cloud computing resources make it easier to develop new applications and run powerful analysis tools that simply wouldn't be possible for a small organization with the capacity of no more than a few servers. With this barrier to growth removed, hybrid data centers provide the opportunity for businesses of all sizes to compete with more established competitors faster than ever before.
5. Cost efficient
While the transition to a hybrid data center entails additional costs, in addition to setting up a purely private or public cloud environment, it can significantly reduce IT costs in the long run. The scalability of a hybrid cloud environment makes it an attractive alternative to a full private cloud environment, which can be extremely expensive to update and expand over time. Are you already using an on-premise solution? Then you can gradually make a transition to a hybrid solution.
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