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06 Jul 2023

What Is a Hybrid Cloud? Benefits & Use Cases

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Sharon Duchin
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The cloud has revolutionized the way businesses manage their data and applications. It offers scalability, cost savings, and flexibility that traditional on-premises solutions cannot match. Hybrid cloud technology provides an even greater level of flexibility, allowing companies and organizations across the globe to take advantage of both public and private cloud resources.

This article will explore the definition, characteristics, types, and benefits of hybrid clouds, as well as example use cases and challenges. We’ll also discuss how Teridion can help optimize hybrid cloud performance for maximum efficiency.

What is a hybrid cloud?

A hybrid cloud is an IT infrastructure model that combines the features and benefits of a public cloud and a private cloud. A public cloud offers scalable computing resources that are hosted and maintained by a third-party provider. A private cloud is generally characterized as a dedicated cloud infrastructure for a specific organization. Both models can be implemented on-premise or in data centers.  By leveraging the strengths of each model, companies can optimize the infrastructure to meet their specific needs and requirements.

The three main types of hybrid clouds are Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Each type is designed to meet different needs, so it’s important for businesses to understand the differences between them. IaaS provides access to virtualized computing resources such as computers, networking equipment, storage devices and more. 

PaaS offers a platform for application development and deployment using prebuilt software components. Finally, SaaS provides access to applications hosted in the cloud that can be used on any device with an internet connection.

By giving a high level of visibility into network performance metrics, Teridion allows organizations to take proactive measures when issues arise instead of reacting after damage has been done.

What are the business benefits of hybrid cloud?

The benefits of hybrid clouds for businesses and other organizations are extensive. By adopting a hybrid cloud strategy, businesses can optimize their IT infrastructure to achieve the desired balance between scalability, security, control, and cost-effectiveness. For instance, a company can keep sensitive data on a private cloud; have mission-critical internal applications on-premise for maximum security and control; and leverage the public cloud for less sensitive workloads and services that require rapid scalability and cost savings.

Hybrid clouds are also flexible and allow businesses to quickly and easily adjust their resources when faced with changing demands. Businesses can use the public cloud for additional storage or computing power during peak times and scale it back down when demand is low—so they’re only paying for exactly what they need.

Looking ahead, hybrid cloud architecture facilitates the adoption of emerging technologies like edge computing, containerization, and microservices by providing a consistent and secure cloud platform across the entire IT ecosystem.

Popular hybrid cloud use cases

One of the most popular use cases for hybrid cloud is backup and disaster recovery. In this scenario, companies can use the public cloud for their primary infrastructure and use a private cloud or on-premises infrastructure for backup and disaster recovery. By having a backup in a different location or cloud environment, companies can ensure that their data is protected and can be restored in the event of a disaster.

Hybrid cloud can also be useful for geographic deployment. A company may want to use a public cloud provider to deploy their services globally, but may also want to keep some data or applications in a private cloud in a specific region for compliance reasons or to reduce latency. In this scenario, businesses can use the public cloud to deploy their services globally while still being able to keep sensitive data or applications in a private cloud.

A third popular use case is meeting compliance requirements. Some industries such as healthcare and finance have strict regulations around data privacy and security. By using a private cloud or on-premises infrastructure, businesses can ensure that they meet these compliance requirements while still taking advantage of the benefits of the public cloud for non-sensitive data or applications.

Using a hybrid cloud offers many benefits, but getting to those benefits isn’t always straightforward.

Challenges of using a hybrid cloud

Using a hybrid cloud offers many benefits, but getting to those benefits isn’t always straightforward.

Integrating public and private clouds into one cohesive system can be difficult if not done correctly. It’s important to consider how these systems will work together while still meeting all of your organization’s needs. This includes understanding which workloads should be processed on-premises versus in the public cloud, which applications need access to sensitive data stored in multiple locations, and how best to manage costs associated with different levels of usage across the hybrid environment.

Data security is another challenge. As organizations move data between their private and public clouds, they need to make sure that this data remains secure throughout its journey by following best practices such as encryption, authentication, authorization and monitoring solutions. And maintaining a consistent user experience across all platforms – from web apps hosted on-premises or in public clouds through mobile apps running on different operating systems, requires careful design and testing of applications.

How Teridion helps optimize hybrid cloud performance

Teridion can help optimize hybrid cloud performance while addressing its core challenges so organizations get the most out of their solutions and still mitigate the risks associated with deployments within multiple environments. Through artificial intelligence algorithms and real-time analytics, 

Teridion optimizes routing paths with carrier-grade connectivity that ensures SLA performance. Data arrives with minimal delay. This results in tangible benefits such as lower latency and jitter, increased throughput speeds, more reliable packet delivery, cost savings due to improved resource usage and bandwidth management, and faster provisioning of resources across multiple locations.

Using this technology, businesses can keep their networks performing optimally without sacrificing user experience or incurring extra costs associated with traditional infrastructure solutions. Businesses can also set alerts that notify them when critical thresholds are exceeded or when certain conditions occur so they can take corrective action quickly if needed. By giving a high level of visibility into network performance metrics, Teridion allows organizations to take proactive measures when issues arise instead of reacting after damage has been done. 

Putting it all together

The hybrid cloud is an increasingly popular solution for modern businesses and enterprises that seek to optimize their IT infrastructure for maximum efficiency, agility, and competitiveness. From global deployment, to backup and recovery, to meeting strict compliance requirements, hybrid clouds offer businesses many advantages such as scalability, cost savings, security, and flexibility. 

Teridion’s cloud optimization solution is a powerful tool for improving the performance of hybrid clouds while providing valuable insights into usage trends for better decision making. With Teridion in place, global enterprises know they’re squeezing every last drop of value from their hybrid clouds..

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Sharon Duchin

Head of Marketing

Sharon Duchin is the Head of Marketing at Terdion. Prior to joining Teridion she was the CMO of several startups, as well as a Business Unit Manager at Keter Plastic and a Marketing Manager at General Mills USA. Sharon Holds an MBA from Chicago Booth and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Economics from the Hebrew University.
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