Over the past few years, use of cloud-based IT services has increased hugely amongst businesses worldwide. In fact, use of the cloud has become an everyday part of life for most businesses, with around 90% of organisations utilising some sort of cloud-based service. The benefits of using cloud storage and cloud-based security are numerous, and with analysts predicting that these are only going to get better, it comes as no surprise that it is estimated this figure will get even closer to 100% by 2019.

One such further development is the cloud hybrid. As we’re all aware, the best organisations are always looking for the latest ways to improve their productivity and services. With regards to cloud computing, hybrid and multi-cloud usage currently tops that list.


What is the Cloud Hybrid?


The cloud hybrid uses a combination of private on-premises and public third party cloud services. This allows for more flexibility, with workloads able to move between private and public cloud bases.

For example, in order to effectively utilise cloud storage space, a company could choose a private cloud for storing more sensitive data, while using a public cloud for non-sensitive data. They may also choose to use a cloud-bursting technique, which entails storing everything in a private cloud but using a public cloud when demand spikes. This allows data to overflow from cloud storage system into another, and results in less costly storage space.


The Benefits of Cloud Hybrid


The benefits come not only from the flexibility that the cloud hybrid allows, but also from the cost savings; an organisation has the option of utilising extra resources, but only paying for them when they are needed. Most public cloud services, including big names such as Amazon and Microsoft, work on a utility model where a business pays by the hour for the services that they use.

At the same time, the question of whether a private or public cloud is more beneficial is negated in a hybrid environment. With a hybrid setup, you access the benefits of both options: public clouds are low-cost and no obligation, while private clouds have added levels of security.

Security could also be improved with use of a cloud hybrid as there is a distinct separation between your most sensitive data,(often stored in the private cloud), and the non-sensitive data (often stored in the public cloud). Anything stored within the private cloud can be given added security layers, while anything else can be made easily accessible to clients and customers through the public cloud.


Cloud Hybrid Downfalls


Experts have reason to believe that with the extra flexibility and choice offered by cloud hybrid comes extra complexity. Specifically, they suggest that it will become more and more difficult to analyse the cost of cloud computing when making use of numerous cloud spaces. When running a cloud hybrid, it is important that the business has an in-depth knowledge of of the system and its complicated architecture in order to avoid technical issues.

With cloud hybrid also come the downfalls associated with public cloud spaces in general. These are usually most malignant in the area of security. Although public clouds will come complete with excellent security measures in place, including data encryption, they will not be as secure as a private cloud. Businesses have to ensure that their public cloud spaces are compliant with cyber and data security regulations, and that you have put measures in place to protect against sensitive data leaking into the public cloud environment.


Is Cloud Hybrid For You?


If you are considering a cloud hybrid for your chambers, CBSIT can provide you with informed guidance as to whether it would be beneficial and how a hybrid could be implemented. Our services also include a private cloud hosting solution fully managed by our team of experts.

For more information on whether the cloud hybrid is for you, or to find out more about the other IT security services we offer, contact CBSIT today.