What is the hybrid cloud and is it right for you?

What is the hybrid cloud and is it right for you?

When it comes to your data storage choices, you may think you have two options. First, there’s the in-house storage system that you know so well. Yes, the one in which your in-house staff and server room store your most essential data.

That’s model number one.

Model number two is a cloud storage model, one which we’ve talked about repeatedly. Yes, it probably wouldn’t surprise you to know we’re big fans of this one. But within the cloud storage model exists a third storage option — the hybrid cloud. And for today’s blog we’re going to take a deeper look at this option you may have never realized existed. 

What is the hybrid cloud?

When you research your cloud storage options, you’ll quickly come in contact with the terms public and private cloud. A public cloud is a storage solution in which you rent a portion of a larger cloud storage system and your data is stored alongside that of others. A private cloud is the opposite: You are renting your own cloud storage solution, a space you will share with no one else. 

So how does a hybrid cloud fit in? Simply put, a hybrid cloud is a mixture of public and private cloud storage options. The exact makeup can be tailored to your specific needs, but it allows you to store more sensitive data on your own private cloud while enjoying the cost savings of a public cloud for more general information.

Is a hybrid cloud right for you?

The short answer is probably. After all, there is a lot to like about the hybrid cloud model. As we’ve said before, cost control and heightened security are major benefits of any cloud storage system and the hybrid cloud increases these benefits. In addition, opting for a hybrid cloud also allows you to take more ownership by controlling who has root access to certain portions of your hybrid cloud and who does not.

Finally, a hybrid cloud model also allows you to foster short-term bandwidth for limited projects while still connecting to your larger data storage. This makes the transition easy when the project is complete, and by utilizing the cloud you can rest assured that when the latest adaptations take place, your data and its security will benefit immediately.

To learn more about hybrid cloud models and determine if such an option is right for your business, contact us today.