What is Hybrid Cloud?
The term Hybrid cloud is an environment that manages server resources both onsite and in the cloud. Critical resources reside might reside onsite to provide a firm full control. While other workloads (such as email, Salesforce.com, etc.) simultaneously leverage the affordability of cloud computing. Taking advantage of the best of both worlds (to use a cliché phrase).
Why does Hybrid Cloud matter in a small business?
- Often specific server workloads must be onsite to function as desired, but the rest of the work loads are cheaper to put in the cloud.
- This is often the case for companies authenticating user identities to a local server (Active Directory). Often while these work loads could be moved to the cloud, it would add considerable delay (latency) into daily work life for users. So a company might put all server roles in the cloud, excluding their local Active Directory and File Server functions.
- A second example would be a firm’s Electronic Medical Records software will only run onsite (because it is niche and there isn’t a large enough market for the product justify public cloud options – yet). So a firm might put everything in the cloud, except for the EMR platform and other server products that need to frequently interact with the EMR platform at low latency.
- Levels of need for control may vary by server function.
- For example, if a firm makes a uniquely patented product. The server application that hosts their design process may need to be locked in a box, inside of a safe, with the key thrown away (metaphorically speaking of course!) Yet simultaneously, the banter and file sharing of low level marketing interns may not be the same level of a security risk. As such the firm might consider moving their Yammer, SharePoint, and OneDrive processes for the Marketing department to the cloud, while keeping their design team’s work onsite.
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