Understanding What Hybrid Cloud Computing Is

Hybrid cloud computing allows businesses to keep certain workloads in private clouds—whether due to security issues, operational challenges, or data compliance issues—while leveraging the scalability and agility of public clouds for their remaining workloads.  

The 9th annual Flexera 2020 State of the Cloud Report shows that the trend towards multi-cloud and hybrid cloud adoption is continuing, even as more enterprises prioritize cloud usage and workload migration in the face of COVID-19. However, while hybrid cloud usage grows,  enterprises continue to struggle with forecasting the costs for adopting a cloud-based strategy. In addition, many enterprises think that they are not spending their cloud budgets more wisely. 

Hybrid Cloud Computing Platforms

The core of hybrid cloud systems are hybrid cloud management tools, which make sure that both public and private cloud components are synchronized to accomplish the intended business objectives.

Popular examples of hybrid orchestration models are:

What’s Keeping Businesses from Going Hybrid? 

First off, deploying and maintaining both on-premises and public cloud-based componentsand then ensuring they work cohesivelyis no easy task. This problem can get even more difficult for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who might not have in-house talent to set up, configure, manage, and maintain a hybrid cloud computing infrastructure.  

The complexity of managing a hybrid cloud is consistent with Gartner’s predictions. While the highly reputable global research and advisory firm is saying that a “massive shift to hybrid infrastructure services is underway,” it also adds that by 2020, 90% of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management.  

Disadvantages of hybrid cloud computing

Hybrid cloud computing environments have very few disadvantages and most of them can be addressed with the right tools and expertise. Nevertheless, they are still worth mentioning.

A hybrid cloud’s potential limitations include the following:

Advantages of hybrid cloud computing

As you already know, more businesses are now more inclined to a adopt (if they haven’t already) a hybrid cloud computing strategy. Clearly, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Here are some of them.

Greater support for innovation – Top providers like AWS and Azure have several services that support innovative projects like big data analytics, robotics, AI/ML, AR/VR, blockchain, and so on. You can take advantage of those.

Security without sacrificing agility – Security initiatives don’t have to curtail innovation, agility, and reach. You simply leave highly sensitive data in the private cloud and unleash non-sensitive data in the public cloud.

Should you go Hybrid?

It could have been possible to dismiss hybrid cloud computing in its earliest days as just another catchphrase. This is no longer the case. In 2020, more than 90% of companies are leveraging hybrid cloud infrastructure to drive their businesses, according to Gartner. Clearly, the hybrid cloud has evolved beyond the marketing hype and offers real solutions in the form of greater flexibility and lower costs, among others.

However, to harness these benefits, you need a well-thought-out hybrid cloud strategy, which involves determining which apps move to the public cloud and which ones reside on-premises. The best way to decide whether to go Hybrid or not is to weigh the costs, security, and availability implications of such a move.

Firstly, saving costs is the primary reason why organizations decide to move to the cloud. It makes sense—and many studies support the notion that hybrid cloud computing saves costs on many fronts. However, it would help if you determined where those savings will come from to decide whether to go Hybrid or not.

Secondly, you must understand and address emerging concerns about data protection, security, and compliance. Laws and regulations restrict what data gets stored on-premises and which one gets accessed on public clouds. These restrictions can determine whether you go hybrid or not.

Thirdly, you must factor in availability. For example, hosting mission-critical apps on-site can harm your business in instances where surges or bursts in processing needs surpass the computing capabilities of your servers. As such, your plan must consider scalability when it comes to computing power requirements.

Hybrid Cloud Computing Use Cases

Examine typical hybrid cloud use cases before implementing it, to see whether this strategy suits the IT requirements of your business.

Changeable workloads

Particularly useful for dynamic or often changing workloads is hybrid cloud. A transactional order-entry system, for instance, that suffers sizable seasonal demand spikes, is a strong choice for a hybrid cloud.

Disaster Recovery

Organizations may duplicate on-premises processes and back up information in the cloud with the use of a hybrid cloud. Workloads shift over to the cloud system in the event of a data center outage and continue to function effectively using on-demand cloud resources. To minimize issues with hybrid cloud backup including bandwidth use and administration complexity, careful deployment is required.

Processing Data

With hybrid cloud, a business can periodically conduct complex queries on local data storage using potent public cloud services.

Digital Transformation

Public cloud adoption is a popular way for businesses to upgrade their IT infrastructure, but some outdated applications or regulatory requirements may prevent a company from completely closing down a private data center. Companies with a variety of data and application types may move some of their IT systems to the cloud while keeping certain apps on-premises thanks to hybrid cloud.

Testing And Development

Because there is no need to acquire and build on-site physical infrastructure, developing and testing apps on the public cloud is less expensive and quicker.

How to Succeed in Hybrid Cloud Computing with Parallels RAS 

In order to maximize ROI of your hybrid cloud, one of the things you can do is ensure the components that make up your cloud infrastructure can support hybrid. That way, you can quickly get over the initial hump.  

For example, for companies who are looking to build a virtual application and desktop environment, a great way to start is by using Parallels® Remote Application Server (RAS). Parallels RAS is a virtualization solution that enables you to publish virtual applications and desktops and then have your users access them from anywhere, on any device, whether it be a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or even thin and thick clients.  

Because the virtualized applications and desktops are hosted centrally, your system admins won’t have to do much endpoint device management. To access those virtual applications and desktops, remote users can use the Parallels RAS Client or any HTML5-capable web browser.  

One of the good things about Parallels RAS is that it’s architected to support hybrid cloud deployments. Whether you deploy Parallels RAS on-premises, on a public cloud like Amazon Web Services™(AWS) or Microsoft Azure, or even on hyper-converged solutions like Nutanix Acropolis (AHV) or Scale Computing HC3, the processes involved are straightforward. Any average system administrator can set everything up in no time.  

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