Hybrid cloud hosting is defined in many ways: The combination of public and private cloud, utilizing on-premises and outsourced infrastructures, IaaS mixed with any other type of infrastructure, and the list goes on and on. At HOSTING, we define hybrid cloud hosting as any combination of public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, and colocation all with a single VLAN, firewall, management portal, and support team—with the ability to incorporate an on-premises environments. Hybrid cloud hosting services came about because companies with a complex infrastructure want the benefits of cloud but require multiple IT platforms due to legacy applications, special IT attributes, heavy traffic spikes, and / or regulatory mandates.
Why would you use hybrid cloud hosting services? The main benefits are:
- Cost Savings – A significant cost savings can be achieved by utilizing the public cloud for non-sensitive applications and private cloud for sensitive operations.
- Increased Agility – You are able to move from one platform to another seamlessly as the needs of your organization change.
- Maximize Efficiency – Using the best platform for each application or use case enables you to realize efficiency in your infrastructure.
So, what do you put where? Here are some rules for deploying a complex architecture to a hybrid cloud hosting model:
- Non-intel hardware goes in colo
- Performance-critical workload goes onto a dedicated server cluster
- Security or compliance-sensitive workload goes into private cloud
- Everything else goes into public cloud
- Add appropriate levels of Availability, Recovery, Security, Compliance, and Application Services