Hybrid cloud adoption is on the rise. A 2017 survey revealed that 57 percent of companies reported moving towards a hybrid cloud solution in 2016. Yet there are still some misconceptions about what a hybrid cloud is and isn’t. So what does it mean to “go hybrid?”
3 Hybrid Cloud Myths
The definition of the cloud has been blurred as the term is used interchangeably or incorrectly when describing many IT trends. To understand what a true hybrid cloud is, you need to know what it is not.
- Myth: Hybrid cloud Is synonymous with multi-cloud. Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are two different concepts. A hybrid cloud refers to a combination of on-premises infrastructure and public cloud service from a third-party vendor. Multi-cloud, on the other hand, refers to two or more cloud services from different vendors. Hybrid clouds may take on a multi-cloud model. It may, for instance, consist of an in-house server and multiple public clouds, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.
- Myth: Hybrid cloud Is the 3rd alternative to public and private cloud. To be clear; there are only two cloud options: Public and private. Your company is likely using one or the other. A hybrid cloud is not a separate type of cloud. It’s merely a combination of the existing two cloud types. The combination is also hardly ever an even split. A solution that is 90 percent on-premises and 10 percent public will constitute a hybrid cloud. In this instance, the public cloud may just be utilized for data backup and disaster recovery.
- Myth: Hybrid cloud adoption means giving up some or all existing infrastructure. That's wrong; your on-premises infrastructure can coexist with the public cloud. Most vendors provide customizable solutions that integrate servers on premises with off-site storage. This ensures two infrastructures working as a cohesive unit and not as separate data silos.
Characteristics of a True Hybrid Cloud
Security, connectivity and portability are three core tenants that vendors must be able to provide when merging its public cloud with your in-house infrastructure.
- Security: IT staff should extend their security best practices to the public cloud. This includes encrypting data in transit and at rest, and tight management of server keys.
- Connectivity: This should range from a VPN connection to a WAN link between private and public cloud deployments. This ensures confidentiality of data flow, user access, and application interaction.
- Portability: Portability between heterogeneous clouds can yield immense strategic advantage. Seamless transfer of data, applications, and programming languages is an asset that helps enterprises realize the value of the hybrid cloud.
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