The hybrid cloud has received plenty of fanfare in recent months. More and more MSPs are beginning to view the hybrid cloud as the perfect balance between offloading computational time and storage to the cloud and keeping all computational services on-site. Let’s take a look at exactly what the hybrid cloud is and why it matters in the context of MSP technology:
An Explanation of the Hybrid Cloud
The hybrid cloud is the union of an organization’s private cloud with the public cloud provided by groups like Google Cloud and Amazon Web services. These infrastructures operate independent of one another and send information across encrypted connections with technology that permits the porting of information and apps.
Sensitive data remains on the private cloud. The public cloud is used to leverage computational resources in order to run applications that require access to the data. This arrangement keeps data exposure to a minimum as it is unnecessary to store important information on the public cloud across posterity. It is important to note that the private component of the cloud operates some type of cloud service like NemakiWare. This is an open-source content management software stack that operates on the CMIS standard.
Why so Many MSPs are Taking Advantage of the Hybrid Cloud
One of the chief benefits of the hybrid cloud is that it provides on-site, private infrastructure that is easily accessible. There is no need to rely on the public Internet for access. As a result, minimal time is required to obtain access compared to that required by the public cloud. Furthermore, latency is also reduced with the hybrid cloud.
Many MSPs favor the hybrid cloud model as it allows for on-site computational infrastructure to support workloads. It also allows for leveraging of the public cloud in failover instances when the workload is greater than the computer power available in the private cloud. As a result, it is only necessary to pay for additional computing time when such resource is necessary.
Expanding the private portion of the hybrid cloud permits for greater flexibility in terms of server design. This added flexibility allows for archival storage at minimal cost. There is no need to use backup tapes for data storage if appropriate drives and server-grade SSDs are implemented.
The Connectivity Every MSP Needs
A hybrid cloud greatly enhances connectivity. It ameliorates file management challenges as well as the integration of various processes ranging from scheduling to internal messages, analytics and beyond. Public cloud offerings do not integrate nearly as well with on-site hardware and other MSP technology. Examples of encumbrances to the adoption of the public cloud include scanners, printers and even physical security hardware such as security cameras. The private cloud component makes it much more efficient to isolate such devices from the remainder of the network.
The hybrid cloud model provides MSPs with additional control over the public and private components rather than relying on a comparably constricted prepackaged public cloud. Such prepackaged software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions require regular editing and redesigns. These modifications are known to hinder compatibility with pre-existing content.
Give the Hybrid Cloud a Chance
Adopt the hybrid cloud and you will find it provides the benefits outlined above and then some. This is the perfect way to leverage the strengths of public cloud platform without unloading all data onto a third-party data site. If you are looking for tighter security, the hybrid cloud will do the job. This model reduces risk by keeping important components within the firewall. It also enhances convenience, flexibility, and control. Give the hybrid cloud a chance and you will be more than pleased with this cutting-edge MSP technology solution.