What is Hybrid Cloud?

The hybrid cloud is a combination of a user-hosted hardware (private cloud) and a cloud service provider in the public cloud. In this mix of both approaches, certain services are operated and processed in-house, while others are available to a public-cloud provider via the Internet.

The difficulty of a hybrid cloud is to clearly distinguish or separate the business processes of the individual workflows. The use of this combination requires a clear separation of the data available in the company and the data to be processed according to these criteria.

The hybrid cloud is ideal for the entry and the more intensive use of the public cloud in order to profit from its advantages. Here are some possible scenarios:

  • You have started a new business and you have limited budget resources available:

    In this case, it often makes more sense to use the IT infrastructure via a cloud provider instead of buying hardware for the IT processes. Moreover, in the initial phase of a new project, it is difficult to estimate the quantity of software licenses or the scope and distribution of the load. In case of an overestimation, you pay what you do not need. On the contrary, you do not have enough resources.

  • A new business segment is growing rapidly and you need more IT infrastructure:

    If you want to solve this through your own on-site data center, it means expanding your physical servers and your network with the associated software and additional people for installation and maintenance. All this, however, takes a certain time within one's own business processes, which can impede the growth and thus the success of the new business area enormously. The use of a public cloud service provides a quick remedy, since you will quickly have the additional resources at your disposal - without any investment or additional personnel. If the resources continue to grow, they can be expanded as quickly.

  • You want to check the total cost of your IT infrastructure:

    The calculation of all IT costs is a complex matter. In addition to investments in the purchase there are also costs for installation and maintenance for hardware, software licenses, personnel costs and other "hidden" costs (for example, computer cooling, energy, fire protection, other safety aspects as well as failure times). The use of the public cloud simplifies the calculation considerably. This is calculated monthly on the actual use-basis, without hidden costs and without long-term investments in hardware and personnel.

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