Hybrid Cloud: Driver of agility and innovation potential

Datum: 24.10.2019

Hybrid Cloud LösungToday, public cloud offerings enable increasingly important business agility and create decisive competitive advantages in almost all industries through external IT resources and tailor-made services. However, many companies are still foregoing these benefits and are using private clouds exclusively, whether for reasons of compliance, data protection, data security or internal organizational structure. The solution: A hybrid cloud that can combine all the advantages of private and public clouds. In this hybrid cloud model, some of the IT resources are operated and managed locally by the company itself, while other parts outside the company are provided by the provider of a public cloud. Thus, the hybrid cloud can also provide a variety of advanced options and problem solutions: database services, container orchestration, AI and machine learning API services, as well as big data applications, analytics and much more.

Hybrid Cloud Features and Benefits

How Hybrid Clouds Work

The private and public cloud resources, the local data center and various workloads are managed via a central data management system, but are still separate units. Hybrid cloud solutions enable applications and components to work together across borders: for example between cloud and on-premises environments, between different cloud instances and even between traditional and modern digital architectures.

The key benefits of a hybrid cloud are

Hybrid clouds support change and adaptability: The main advantage of a hybrid cloud is its agility. A key factor for any company to take advantage of the opportunities offered by digitization and Business 4.0 is the ability to adapt quickly to change and develop solutions quickly. It is precisely these ever-changing business transformations that a hybrid cloud can specifically support: Because it expands inflexible private clouds with ever new and increasingly complex public cloud technologies that can be tailored and deployed to meet specific needs.

Hybrid clouds reduce costs and keep budgets efficient. Every technology company basically pursues two strategies: 1. an internal IT strategy and 2. a business development strategy for external use. The IT strategy focuses on efficiency and cost savings, while the development strategy focuses on revenue-increasing investments. Here, too, a hybrid cloud combines the demands of two worlds: On the one hand, hybrid cloud services can enable enormous cost savings. This is because increased resource requirements can be obtained from the public cloud without having to upgrade their own IT infrastructure. In addition, additional services usually greatly reduce the company’s own administrative IT expenditure – whereby costs for provision are only incurred if the services are actually used. On the other hand, new developments and transformations can also be successfully implemented thanks to Hybrid Cloud: This is where the public cloud services Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) come into play, which provide state-of-the-art technologies and numerous services at all times – and can also be used without prior investment and at flexible times.

Possible scenarios for hybrid cloud solutions

Use Hybrid Cloud for new developments and innovations

A modern hybrid cloud developed technologically in the high-performance area has long since not only made additional computing and storage capacities available – but also highly complex services: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offer numerous services in the areas of databases, container orchestration, AI and machine learning APIs, and in the form of platforms provide entire working environments for the development of web applications. As a hybrid cloud provider, gridscale makes such state-of-the-art services easy and practical to use by consistently reducing complexity and automating the process. The enormous advantage of the Hybrid Cloud lies in the possible separation between development and use of novelties and innovations: This is because public cloud services can be temporarily and flexibly accessed for the entire creation process, while later provision can only take place via the private cloud.

Innovative power is made “ready to use” through hybrid clouds

The diverse services of a hybrid cloud allow many companies not only to be innovative digitally and in terms of specific services – but also to implement the necessary innovative power literally within seconds in their processes and teams. This is because the hybrid cloud provider is basically responsible for the configuration and constant maintenance of all IaaS or PaaS components. Users can therefore access complete, flawlessly running services at any time without having to invest time or money in commissioning. For example, many PaaS offerings consist of ready-made building blocks that developers assemble according to their needs – and therefore require neither time nor knowledge to set up their development environments.

Flexible Storage Location and Access with a Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid clouds offer flexible distribution and relocation options for workloads and data as well as access to them – an essential prerequisite for the dynamic design of work processes. Long-term established processes give way to short-term requirements management, fixed departments are increasingly being replaced by agile teams, changing market and consumer demands demand completely new solutions and offers. For this reason, data and application storage locations are no longer optimal in the long term: access options must be flexibly adapted and corresponding rights constantly redistributed. Here, hybrid cloud solutions offer highly agile possibilities because they can expand local storage capacities with virtual ones, guarantee the rapid provision of new digital work environments and quickly enable decentralized log-ins.

A Hybrid Cloud Enables Big Data Data Processing

Data analysis in the big data environment is hardly possible with the almost constant volume of pure private clouds – conversely, a more resource-intensive public cloud for storing sensitive data is not optimal. With a hybrid cloud, on the other hand, confidential data can remain in the private cloud and only the compute-intensive big data analyses with the highly scalable public cloud resources can be carried out. For this purpose, the data in the public cloud is made available anonymously, without violating data protection requirements. In this way, the hybrid cloud enables a clear separation between data storage and data analysis.

Managing temporary load increases in the hybrid cloud

For short-term projects, the expansion of your own IT infrastructure is of course not sensible – and especially for small and medium-sized companies, due to the costs for hardware and personnel, usually not affordable at all. By using a hybrid cloud, the resources of the public cloud can be used flexibly instead, which then only cause temporary costs. The same applies when temporary peak loads are to be expected. Thanks to hybrid cloud, capacities and resources can then be temporarily increased and are also flexibly scalable within the time frame: gridscale ensures the necessary availability of hybrid cloud resources and capacities even with the largest increase in internal workload or external web traffic with a zero-downtime architecture, among other things. Of course, consumption can also be adjusted downwards at any time – and thanks to pay-as-you-go billing, so can the budget.

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