You’ve probably heard quite a lot about cloud computing, and may even be using some cloud services in your organization. But did you know that not all clouds are the same? There are public cloud services—inexpensive, scalable, and hosted by third parties—and there are private cloud services—in-house cloud infrastructures with increased security and customization options.
Finally, there is a third option: the hybrid cloud, which can give your business the best of both worlds.
What is a hybrid cloud?
As the name suggests, hybrid cloud solutions combine the affordable, scalable aspects of the public cloud with the additional security and customizations of the private cloud. A typical hybrid cloud infrastructure might host databases and applications on the private side, while placing end-user access and non-critical data storage functions on public solutions.
How hybrid cloud solutions can benefit your business
Hybrid infrastructures offer several advantages over wholly public or private clouds. These include:
Reasonable costs. Most hybrid cloud solutions fall on the lower end of price points between public and private clouds. An experienced Chicago IT consulting firm can help you configure the most cost-effective solution for your needs.
Heightened security. In our post-NSA leak atmosphere, privacy and security is of increasing concern for many businesses, who are now reluctant to move to the cloud. Hybrid cloud infrastructures give you the peace of mind that comes with more control over your sensitive data using private servers, while still getting the benefits of cloud computing.
Improved scalability. A wholly private cloud limits your business to the bandwidth and storage abilities of an internal system. With a hybrid cloud, you can instantly accommodate spikes in usage—when demand capacity increases, your applications can “burst” into the cloud to preserve business continuity. This also provides you with a degree of redundancy for additional data security.
Customization. Public clouds use a fixed architecture that is designed to meet common needs, but may not meet some of your specific requirements. A hybrid cloud infrastructure, configured by your managed IT services provider, will ensure that your applications and data systems work the way you need them to.
Discover the perfect cloud solution with Chicago IT services from Aqueity
Aqueity, a Chicago IT services company with years of experience in cloud computing, can help your business create a hybrid cloud solution that gives you the best of both worlds, without interrupting or significantly changing your day-to-day operations. Contact us today to learn more about what your organization can accomplish with a hybrid cloud.