With cloud solutions, there’s been some hype about leaving on-premises solutions behind. While that may work for some businesses, we’ve found that for other clients, there’s a great alternative: a hybrid model. A hybrid solution helps your operations run more smoothly and securely by maximizing cloud and on-premises solutions specific to your applications and needs.

 

So, how does a hybrid work?

A hybrid cloud combines some combination of public cloud providers, like Azure, with private cloud solutions using on-premises servers.

 

Public clouds are maintained by the provider and use shared infrastructure for all users.

Users looking to house general data, files, and non-sensitive materials can move these objects into a shared cloud. This is also a good solution for users trying to shed maintenance costs or quickly scale use up or down based on immediate need.

In a public cloud, the provide has control over all data which is important to remember if you have a large quantity of data that needs to be protected.

 

Private clouds are portions of servers partitioned to single entities or users.

This is a strong option for those with compliance requirements, regulatory requirements or security concerns. Users can have dedicated services, restrict access, and secure their networks. On-premises servers and cloud servers can also be configured to communicate on a private network.

You can keep your on-premises servers while also gaining the power, accessibility, and flexibility of a cloud solution. If you need to scale up, you can. If there is ever a need for disaster recovery, you have it.

 

So, what’s the value of a hybrid solution?

Cost and computing power! A mix of both can strike a balance between performance and cost that aligns to your business requirements.

Some applications that don’t need the security of a private cloud can benefit from the lesser cost and flexibility of public cloud. Other applications need the consistent power and security of a private solution.

A private cloud can be your base of operations and security, with the public cloud available for increased demand, short-term changes, and the unexpected.

Whether you’re looking to increase your security, emergency preparedness, flexibility or to decrease overall costs, there is often room for both clouds in your hybrid solution!

If you’re interested in learning more or setting up an assessment, please email us at help@DorsetConnects.com.