You've heard of the cloud. And you know the difference between a public and a private cloud. But what is a hybrid cloud, and why does it matter to your business?
In framing the idea of a hybrid cloud, it's useful to think about the different benefits that a public and private cloud offer. A public cloud, managed by a single external provider like Peak or AWS, is flexible, scalable, and quick-to-market.
A private cloud, on the other hand, is managed internally by the business, or by a cloud provider like Peak, and uses physical space in a data centre leased by your business. It's on-demand scalability is not the same as a public cloud since private clouds are built or provisioned to predetermined capacity; but it is very secure and has the added benefit of keeping the infrastructure completely within your control.
A hybrid cloud, as you might expect, is a hybrid solution utilizing on-premise, colocated, and cloud environments (public and private), or any mix therein. You could keep a majority of your sensitive data in a data centre and in a private cloud for example, but when trialling a new application, you could deploy resources with AWS to meet your growing needs without needing to expand your physical space. Or, you could host your website in the private cloud, and through the public cloud, host data that may have less consistent bandwidth needs.
The beauty of the hybrid cloud lies in its flexibility-it plays off of all of the best facets of both the public and private clouds. You get the security of the private cloud when you need it-and the peace of mind that comes along with having complete control over your infrastructure-and the scalability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness of the public cloud when you want to scale up your network without investing too many more resources.
Here at Telx, we offer many different cloud models for your business. Peak, for example, does offer public cloud services, but is perhaps best known for the great security and performance it offers in a private cloud environment. And Amazon's AWS offers some of the most reliable, scalable, cost-efficient cloud services around, enabling your business and its data to grow at a rapid pace. And of course, there's everything in between. We can fine-tune a hybrid solution that meets the needs of your business, giving you everything you need and nothing you don't.
Whether you're looking to the cloud as a disaster recovery service, a cushion for scaling up, a backup service, or a means to deploy your app, a hybrid cloud really does offer the best of both worlds.
If you'd like to learn more about the cloud solutions we offer here at Telx or about which cloud model best fits your business' needs, feel free to reach out to us via the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter. We’d love to hear from you.