Modern businesses are increasingly making use of cloud computing. They might use public cloud resources or maintain a private cloud in-house. But there’s also a third option. Some businesses take the middle ground and choose a “hybrid” cloud solution. So what makes a cloud solution “hybrid”?
Here’s how Peter Mell and Timothy Grance defined the hybrid cloud deployment model, in Special Publication 800-145, from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST):
“The cloud infrastructure is a 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 (e.g., cloud bursting for load balancing between clouds).”
So – the hybrid cloud uses two cloud models that function independently for different facets of an organization’s operations. For example, you might elect to use a public cloud platform for your backup and disaster recovery needs, and a private cloud solution for your other applications.
Within cloud computing, a hybrid cloud approach has various benefits, but it also offers a few challenges. Advantages include:
Disadvantages of the hybrid cloud model need to be carefully considered, however. They include:
Could a hybrid cloud solution suit your needs? Reach out to Quikteks to find out more! For help with your cloud computing needs give our experts a call at (973) 882-4644.
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