What is Hybrid Cloud?

In late 2009, around the time the world was recovering from the Global Financial Crisis, a new phrase began to appear in the IT lexicon: “Hybrid Cloud”. 11 years later, Hybrid Cloud has become the most widely recognised way to structure and optimise IT architecture, and forms part of a $39 billion market that continues to grow rapidly. But for many, the term is still obscure. What is Hybrid Cloud, how does it work, and why are so many organisations restructuring their IT architecture to align with the advantages that it represents? In order to remove some of that obscurity, this report intends to break down each of the components of Hybrid Cloud and explore them in more detail.

What is Hybrid Cloud Architecture?

Hybrid Cloud is a type of IT architecture, with a big contributor being the cloud. Put simply, Hybrid Cloud refers to a mixed computing, storage, and IT services environment made up of physical on-premises IT infrastructure, private cloud services, and a public cloud such as AWS, Microsoft and Google. By definition using a combination of public clouds, on-premises computing, and private clouds within your IT environment, it means that you operate a Hybrid Cloud architecture.

Cloud Computing Models

Public cloud: cloud computing via public cloud providers is available to anyone. They can be accessed via the public Internet or via direct connections that are accessed directly within Hyperscale cloud data centres. The leading public cloud platforms include AWS, Microsoft, Google, Oracle, IBM and Alibaba Cloud.

Private cloud: although private cloud shares the same traits as public cloud, private clouds are created for and controlled by a single organisation. Also known as internal or corporate clouds, private cloud services are available to users within that organisation, opposed to a service that is publicly available.

Both public and private clouds offer the same customer advantages such as on-demand services, storage, processing power, platforms and applications all consumed as an operationalised service (often referred to as-a-Service or consumption plans), opposed to capital overheads.

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Cloud Workload Concepts

Hybrid Cloud — or any cloud environment — is just that: an IT environment or IT architecture. Workloads are the resources deployed and running across that environment, and they represent how most organisations use their clouds. These resources can be:

  • Virtual machines
  • Databases
  • Servers
  • Applications

Workloads in the cloud can be different, they serve their own unique purpose, which may come with different needs: some might be CPU intensive, others memory intensive, while other workloads could be optimised for database storage. Sometimes the workload may be a large-scale service made up of hundreds of micro-services, it may be a smaller, individual service or it could simply be a test environment for staging and testing purposes.

While workloads aren’t exclusively used in Hybrid Clouds, the advantage of this model is that workloads can be shifted between public and private clouds to suit demand, cost, performance, security, or other factors.

This report explores:

  • The business advantages of Hybrid Cloud
  • How Hybrid Cloud is used in organisations
  • How Hybrid Cloud architecture is managed
  • How to decipher whether Hybrid Cloud is right for your organisation

Optimising Hybrid Cloud by streamlining cloud connections

The role of cloud is an evergreen strategy that’s always evolving. As the needs and nature of your business change, so too will your use for cloud. The one constant consideration in this equation, however, is the need to be able to measure the value of your technology to the business and the return on investments that have been made. Simplifying the management of your Hybrid Cloud infrastructure means that you have the freedom to focus on what matters the most - your business, your customers and executing against the priorities your business cares most about.

For many organisations, directly connecting to their clouds as opposed to connecting over the public Internet has emerged as a preferred approach in assisting their efforts to optimise Hybrid Cloud – directly connecting to their cloud providers, from within the same data centre colocation facility.

For organisations looking to mature their Hybrid IT strategy and drive exponential gains, they are quickly turning their focus toward directly interconnecting their clouds. When it comes to streamlining Hybrid IT connectivity to drive better efficiencies across the business, this form of connectivity to support Hybrid IT architecture yields significant advantages, which are captured in six key areas:

  • Performance
  • Cost
  • Reliability
  • Scalability
  • Simplicity
  • Security

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