A hybrid cloud might offer its users the following features:
- Scalability; public cloud services will offer scalability with fewer boundaries because resource is pulled from the larger cloud infrastructure. By moving as many non-sensitive functions as possible to the public cloud it allows an organisation to benefit from public cloud scalability whilst reducing the demands on a private cloud. However an organisation needs to ensure that data remains within an acceptable geography because public cloud services often move data globally.
- Cost efficiency; public clouds can have greater economies of scale than private clouds potentially making them cheaper. Hybrid clouds therefore allow organisations to access these savings for as many business functions as possible whilst still keeping sensitive operations secure.
- Security; the private cloud element of the hybrid cloud model not only provides the security where it is needed for sensitive operations but can also satisfy regulatory requirements for data handling and storage where it is applicable
- Flexibility; the availability of both secure resource and scalable cost effective public resource can provide organisations with more opportunities to explore cloud computing.
We will generally recommend a hybrid solution where your mix of applications demands it; or when you require high levels of performance on an inconsistent basis. There may be other good reasons to adopt a hybrid solution and we use the hybrid model extensively to meet the varying needs of our clients and partners.
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