The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cloud Computing

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These days it’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “cloud” pop up in some reference to modern technology. It’s been utilized, joked about for its “mysterious” nature, and changed since conception. Heck, your current business model might be using a cloud client right now. But, unknown to some, there’s more than just the regular client service, there’s also something called the hybrid cloud. Well, it just sounds even more complex right? Fortunately, it’s not and it comes with a good list of positives for anyone looking to use it.

If you’re unfamiliar, know that the cloud is sort of like a mix of emulation/online digital storage. It can be used to do things like host an email service or keep data off site in a more secure area, and it can also act like a backup in case of disaster (also see our articles on backup-disaster recovery). There are also three models: public, private, and hybrid cloud models. The latter, which we’ll discuss, is growing in popularity.

Since it’s a hybrid, this cloud model mingles private/public elements, and the pros-cons of each come with it. So, it’s important to understand what your specific needs are if you plan to invest in a hybrid cloud plan. For example, a hybrid cloud can be relatively easy to set up if using public model infrastructure, but might come with a series of risks (including security).

More options for control, more cost

When using a hybrid model, a company has many options from a private cloud. This is good as it adds more security, control, and protection of specific needs/data. However, this can certainly incur more costs with service, whereas just using public cloud itinerary is cheaper but less safe.

Customization, extra tools, but with needed expertise

While using structure from public cloud models in a hybrid is far easier, a business might need more tools for customization to their specific fiscal/data needs. As such, those mentioned tools are at their disposal, but will require a knowledgeable team behind them. Lacking this means you may not get full functionality from the hybrid model.

Simplicity, but at a cost of security

Not every company is going to manage the private model aspects of the cloud, and for good reason. Public cloud computing allows for easier use by the worker body, with access to resources they might need to get to like important files, emails, maintaining the communication network, and so on. They can even access resources via mobile device or the like. However, public models definitely allow for less security, so it’s important to understand the vulnerabilities with it.

Less tools, less cost

Lastly, while we mentioned higher prices for private focused hybrid clouds, public infrastructure is far more flexible and generally works by per-use rather than flat rising monthly plans. However, all the complex tools may not be available, so it’s a matter of what a business needs for function.

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