Whether you know it or not, your company is using the public cloud to host applications that help employees improve efficiency or make their work day easier. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but you need to put processes in place to better manage public cloud usage. But if you plan to fully invest in a cloud computing solution, is a hybrid cloud deployment option best for your organization or are there other factors to consider?
According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), hybrid cloud computing solutions are, “the composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities, but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.”
Hybrid clouds can take advantage of the benefits of both public and private cloud models to create a cloud environment that meets the individual needs of your organization. Here are a few other considerations for hybrid clouds:
- Data security management. Data is the life-blood of many organizations and without it their companies would fail. A hybrid cloud allows you to keep sensitive data behind your firewall and outside the public cloud. Migrating data to the public cloud is easy, but it remains safe and secure (to the extent that your private network is secure) behind your IT walls. This is why a hybrid cloud computing model is the only cloud choice for companies with data compliance mandates.
- Resource scalability. With a hybrid model, you can allocate resources for short term projects at a much lower cost than using your local IT infrastructure. This will save on possibly wasted IT investments that only need to be used for short periods of time.
- Time and financial investment. With a hybrid cloud model, you can quickly tap into an existing public cloud computing infrastructure without changing much of your current technology. If the cloud results in benefits and savings, then you can justify the investment of a private cloud and do that over time.
While hybrid cloud deployments make sense for many organizations, there are certainly instances where a private cloud or public cloud computing model could be a better choice. Which cloud computing deployment option is right for your organization? Consider these 8 factors:
- Amount of Data – How much data are you planning on storing in the cloud? Remember, with a public cloud you’ll pay per GB, but with a private cloud you’ll need to purchase your resources.
- Longevity of Data – How long will you need to store your data? Are there industry requirements that dictate how long you need to store data?
- Required Performance – What do you need your IT infrastructure to do and how well does it need to be done? If you’re in need of computing resources as a core, mission-critical business function, then each option needs to be weighed accordingly.
- Access Patterns and Locations – How global is your business? This can determine where you locate your resources for optimal performance.
- Security and Confidentiality – Cloud and data security vary tremendously across your deployment options, so be sure to understand what’s at stake.
- Service Level Agreements – How important is ‘uptime’ to your business operations? Amazon cloud outages have affected a lot of businesses. What would outages do to yours?
- In-House Technical Resources – Do you have the technical resources available in-house to operate and maintain your private cloud?
What cloud deployment options are you considering for your organization?