3 Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Computing Solutions Model

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
August 8, 2012

We’ve blogged before about cloud computing solutions in their various forms— including the financial comparison of private versus public clouds—but the real cloud computing winner may be the hybrid cloud.

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. Beyond that, here are three other considerations for hybrid clouds:

1. Data security management. Data is the life-blood of many organizations and without it their companies would fail. A hybrid cloud allows you 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.

2. Scalability of resources. 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.

3. Private clouds take time and serious 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.

The cloud is here to stay, so the question now is, what cloud computing solutions model is the right one for your organization. The answer to that really depends on how you’re planning on using the cloud.

How are you using the cloud in your business environment today? Drop a comment below.

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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