The post-pandemic era is fuelling growth in both hybrid working and hybrid IT, with the hybrid cloud market projected to grow to $97.6 billion by 2023. Hybrid hosting can offer tailored options for businesses, enabling them to choose what they want to move to the cloud, what to keep in place, and decide which cloud services to use for what purpose. But depending on your particular requirements, there are pros and cons to hybrid hosting - we’ve explored these below.
Pros of hybrid cloud
Flexibility & scalability
A hybrid approach can give you the opportunity to scale up the areas of your IT which need to expand, using public or private cloud options. Elastic cloud enables you to adapt your infrastructure as your demands change, but with hybrid you can maintain ownership of any areas which don’t need to be, or can't be in the cloud. Combining public or private cloud with colocation or even on-prem solutions, means that businesses can pick and choose what sits where, depending on requirements, restrictions or budgets.
Cheaper than private cloud
As an outright cost, hybrid cloud solutions are usually cheaper than buying and maintaining servers on your premises. Hybrid offers the best of both worlds, meaning that if you need to, you can have your most sensitive data on a private server and the rest on a public cloud server.
Hybrid cloud infrastructures are great for retaining security control. The combination of public and private cloud, colocation and on-prem means that you can control and reconfigure solutions bespoke to you on your private servers, but then benefit from the automated updates, patching and maintenance of public cloud for your for less security-sensitive data, meaning you can cut costs compared with holding all of your data on a private cloud.
Cons of hybrid
With hybrid solutions, particularly large hybrid solutions, the sheer size and breadth of the network can mean that your networking specialists have more hardware to configure, maintain and support. It can sometimes be difficult to ensure uniform user authentication and access protocols across multiple sites, and running important IT workloads in a hybrid cloud deployment can make it difficult to maintain visibility over everything you are managing, so your hybrid infrastructure will need to be managed well.
Although hybrid cloud is inexpensive in terms of operations, you might need to factor in costs for purchasing and maintaining on-premises hardware for colocation or private cloud options. Generally, hybrid will bring higher costs than public cloud.
With a hybrid cloud infrastructure, you will be presented with a range of management and service models meaning that you can choose to adopt the most appropriate, innovative, and least risky solution for your business needs. Use cases for hybrid cloud could be, for example, big data processing, highly dynamic workloads, or specific on-site security requirements of apps or data that can’t be hosted in the cloud for security reasons.
To chat about how Teledata can help you with your hybrid hosting journey, why not get in touch with the team here, or read more about hybrid on our website here.