According to the annual State of the Cloud survey: the adoption of the hybrid cloud model will increase from 58% to 71% year-over-year. The survey is considered one of the largest in studying cloud computing uses and infrastructure.
But what do we mean by Hybrid Cloud?
We are definitely talking about cloud computing, but this model consists of a combination between a public cloud provider and a private cloud platform. This model can be used inside the organization and each part of it will operate separately, but will connect and communicate using encrypted messages. By adapting this approach, many companies will keep its crucial data safe in-house on a private cloud while benefiting from the services and application of a public cloud.
Moving towards hybrid cloud model was fueled by its flexible features. In addition to flexibility, hybrid cloud model is expandable. Companies can use the unlimited scalability provided by the public cloud service, but also keep its sensitive data on its premises and that is another advantage for using this model: security.
The integration between the private cloud and a public one will allow companies to save on local infrastructure and only use outsourcing when needed.
A study conducted by Gartner - leading information technology research and advisory company – in 2013 showed that nearly 50% of large enterprises will have Hybrid Cloud models by the end of 2017.
Hybrid Cloud Model would benefit many sectors and support the IT infrastructure. Healthcare establishments for example can use the public cloud to ease the pressure of data collection and maintain the security using the private cloud. Multimedia and marketing companies with its peak season operations will need this approach, a company can pay and use applications and resources on a public cloud only when needed. Academic and Educational institutes could use the Hybrid Cloud Model during registration and exams to expand its data capacity. Those were few examples on how can different sectors use the Hybrid Cloud Model.
But companies can only benefit from its internal assets and external services when they gradually move to the hybrid cloud approach. First, needs should be assessed in order to save costs and maintain data security. Then, when the system is adapted regular checks with testing and monitoring should improve the experience.
It's time to start paving the way for a new generation of cloud computing services. The future with the Hybrid Cloud Model means more scalability, agility and cost efficiency.