What Is Hybrid Cloud Today?

Recent years have brought a great deal of attention to the ‘hybrid cloud,’ — yet even with all the buzz, not everyone seems to have a clear understanding of what a hybrid cloud is (and isn’t). We would like to take a moment to go back to the basics and clarify the concept. With a better understanding, IT managers and stakeholders will find themselves making better-informed decisions regarding their cloud solutions.

The Hybrid Cloud, Defined

The term hybrid cloud may be overused and therefore misunderstood. So why the confusion? In his article, Derek Collison argues that “Some cloud providers claim they’re enabling a hybrid cloud because they manage enterprise on-premises resources as well as their own public cloud environments. However, this is not how we define the hybrid cloud.”

According to the National Institute of Standards and Commerce, the proper definition of the hybrid cloud is as follows:

“[Hybrid] cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more distinct cloud infrastructures (private, community or public) that remain unique entities, but that are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability.”

By this definition, it becomes apparent that a hybrid cloud environment is more involved than just connecting a server to a public cloud and calling it a day. Instead, a hybrid cloud must have one or more distinct private clouds working in tandem with one or more public clouds, with each cloud being able to function independently of one another.

What a Hybrid Cloud Isn’t

To better explain away further misconceptions regarding the model, Dell/EMC looks to dispel five common myths directly attributed to the ‘hybrid’ cloud. By better understanding what a hybrid cloud isn’t, we come closer to understanding what it really is.

Myth 1: Private + Public = Hybrid

Simply having both cloud infrastructures in place does not give you a true hybrid cloud.

Myth 2: Hybrid Clouds are Complex and Hard to Build

Fully engineered solutions reduce complexity and enables choice.

Myth 3: Public Cloud is the Most Cost-Effective Option

Taking into consideration governance, risk and compliance concerns, a hybrid cloud model has a lower total cost of ownership.

Myth 4: You Lose All Control of Data in the Cloud

A properly orchestrated hybrid cloud environment allows you to retain control.

Myth 5: It’s Hard to Determine Which Applications are Right for Cloud

By gathering data and performing proper analysis, infrastructure experts can provide a comprehensive view of the application portfolio and determine whether you should migrate, consolidate, modernize, or sunset applications.

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A TRUE Hybrid Cloud allows for
control over workloads, storage and network resources
in a way that limits risk and increases productivity – on multiple clouds.

In the end — Why go hybrid?

Public clouds and cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, offer convenience and processing power to easily deploy and scale applications. But public clouds share their infrastructure which is not suitable for many organizations with workloads that have high uptime demands, mission-critical applications or sensitive data with security concerns. Private clouds offer a higher level of control over the compute environment but lack the flexibility and lower costs associated with the public cloud.

A true hybrid cloud allows for control over workloads, storage and network resources in a way that limits risk and increases productivity – on multiple clouds. An additional layer of orchestration allows IT managers to automatically provision cloud services using policy-based tools, deploy to either the public or private cloud infrastructure (or both) while simultaneously monitoring, managing, securing and maintaining the whole environment.

Where to start?

Still confused if a hybrid cloud is right for you? Not sure where to start? OneNeck’s Hybrid Cloud Assessment can help you see the big picture, where your organization stacks up against your peers, and establish a baseline in moving you towards a true hybrid cloud solution. Contact us, and we will take you through the assessment process to determine which approach is best for your unique business environment.

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