Hybrid IT, Hybrid Cloud or even Hybrid Infrastructure are terms that you are probably seeing, hearing and reading about everywhere. But what does Hybrid IT actually mean?
Hybrid IT as a holistic IT or cloud solution that splits resources across Private cloud, Public cloud environments and physical hardware on-premise.
Hybrid IT gives you the best of both worlds: you can experience the flexibility and scalability of the Public cloud, but also retain more control over other IT workloads by putting applications into an on-premise Private cloud environment that is tailored to your specific needs.
Why would you choose a Hybrid IT environment?
Hybrid IT or Hybrid Cloud environments work well for organizations who aren’t yet ready to fully jump into a complete Public cloud solution for their entire IT workload. Most businesses have a mix of SaaS applications, new ‘cloud ready’ applications and legacy applications that can’t be moved to the Public cloud.
A hybrid IT infrastructure model lets you put those legacy systems into a Private cloud which you can design and adapt to meet your IT needs, while your cloud-ready apps can move straight to a Public cloud environment.
Also, organizations who want more control over specific workloads may choose to put cloud-ready apps into a Private cloud environment for security or data sovereignty reasons. With data regulations getting stricter, being more specific about where your data is stored and how it is managed end to end is becoming increasingly important for businesses, so a Private cloud provides scalability combined with increased security and data location control.
Flexibility – it works both ways
Some say Public cloud is more flexible, while others think Private cloud solutions offer more flexibility to businesses.
Well, it’s a bit of both.
Working with a true Public cloud provider often gives you the ability to scale your workloads to dramatic levels, charge for services by the minute in small increments and define your requirements in a self-service portal, down to the tiniest detail. However, should you need specific contract requirements or specific SLA guarantees, then a Public cloud provider may not be able to meet your needs.
Taking a hybrid approach where some workloads that need increased scalability are delivered from a Public cloud, while other workloads and legacy applications are delivered from a Private cloud model, can be the balanced answer to many IT challenges. In short, it’s a multi-cloud approach.
Adaptive Information Systems was founded with the mission to help businesses get the most out of their technology investments. We are a Salinas business IT support company, we provide technical support services for businesses in Salinas, Monterey and the surrounding counties, we are ready to manage your IT needs so you can focus on running your business.