By: Arun Manoharan -- Research Analyst, Software and IT Services
09 November, 2016
Cloud-based solutions have taken the IT industry by storm, with the IT community viewing them as the next wave of technology innovation. During the initial stages of growth of the cloud market, the two major offerings present were public and private cloud solutions. These had their own set of pros and cons. Organizations have to carefully assess the benefits and costs of the offering along with the industry environment to carry out a successful implementation.
The introduction of the hybrid cloud solution gave firms the ability to set up a combination of public and private cloud offering. Enterprises can choose the optimum mix with each cloud serving different applications and purposes.
Public vs Private Cloud
Hybrid cloud definition
Initially, the focus was on public clouds as they provided easy access to resources. However, the growing concerns around cyber-security and loss of sensitive information led to a growth in demand for dedicated private cloud offerings. But these were not able to provide the operational flexibility. This led to the rise of hybrid cloud solutions.
Hybrid clouds are simply a mix of both public and private clouds. A company can decide which application or process it wants to support through a shared public cloud and which needs to be in a secure and private data center.
The hybrid cloud market is still growing, but a wide range of solution providers have converged on this opportunity. These providers come with different approaches, technology, assets, skills, relationships and capabilities. They include IT outsourcing companies, system integrators, telecom carriers, hosting specialists, hardware vendors and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers.
A survey by CSC in 2015 found the following insights:
Advantages and disadvantages of hybrid cloud
Hybrid cloud providers
Source: tom’s IT PRO
Hybrid Cloud: Case Studies
Case 1: An airline company boosts IT efficiency and business resiliency
An airline company wanted to streamline its IT sector to deliver new services faster. Its IT infrastructure needs to be reliable, cost effective, and highly adaptive so that they can invest more capital into their customer-facing products rather than data center servers.
Case 2: An online portal creative work flourishes in Rackspace hybrid cloud
An online portal serves as a platform for showcasing and discovering creative work. Post its acquisition by a software company, the portal went for a prodigious expansion. It needed a hybrid infrastructure that could keep pace with its rapid growth.
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