The Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid clouds can be described as a cloud computing option that integrates private clouds (infrastructure on-premises) with public ones. The use of a hybrid cloud allows apps and data to transition between both environments.

Most companies prefer using hybrid clouds because of their business imperatives, whether that entails meeting data and regulatory sovereignty, capitalizing on advancements in on-premises technologies, or addressing issues with low latency.

Hybrid clouds can accommodate edge workloads, too. Edge computing delivers a cloud’s computing power to an IoT device – putting it in closer proximity to where data actually resides. By transitioning workloads toward the edge, the amount of time spent on cloud communication and latency reduction is minimized. They’ll reliably operate during extended periods offline.

Practical examples that illustrate hybrid cloud activity:

Some customers utilize hybrid clouds to obtain security that is AI-enabled, to increase reliability, and to accomplish global scale. In industries that are highly regulated, requirements for data residency could force certain datasets to be stored on-premises (simultaneously, other workloads would be stored in a public cloud).

In the event that an app resides either on the private cloud or on-premises, sudden in-demand spikes could potentially overload its capacity (for example, during tax filing or holiday shopping seasons). In such cases, companies can take advantage of some of the extra computing resources that public clouds offer (sometimes referred to as “cloud bursting,” in which the environment of a hybrid cloud allows an infrastructure on-premises to penetrate a public cloud).