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What is a hybrid cloud?

A hybrid cloud is a computing environment that connects a company’s private cloud services (either on-premise or at a third party location) and public cloud platforms into a single, flexible infrastructure for running the organization’s applications and workloads.

The principle behind a hybrid cloud is that its mix of public and private cloud resources—with a level of orchestration between them—giving an organization the flexibility to choose the optimal cloud for each application or workload. This enables the organization to meet its technical and business objectives more effectively, securely, and with greater cost-efficiency than it could with public or private cloud alone.

The benefits of hybrid cloud are easier to understand once you know more about the capabilities, limitations, and uses of private and public clouds.

 

Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

Private Cloud

In the private cloud model, cloud infrastructure and resources are deployed on-premises, owned, and managed by the organization.

Private cloud requires a large upfront capital expense for equipment and software, a lengthy deployment, and in-house IT expertise to manage and maintain the infrastructure. It’s also expensive and time-consuming to scale capacity as you have to purchase, provision, and deploy new hardware. While adding capabilities because you have to purchase and install new software. 

However, a private cloud provides maximum control over the computing environment and data, which is especially important—or even mandatory—if your company deals with highly sensitive data or is subject to strict industry or governmental regulations.

Public Cloud

In the public cloud model, a company consumes compute, network, storage, and application resources as services that are delivered by a public cloud provider over the Internet.

The cloud provider owns, manages, provisions, and maintains the infrastructure and essentially rents it out to customers, either for a periodic subscription charge or fees based on usage.

Utilizing public cloud correctly leads to significant cost savings due to the relationship between the provider and user. The provider will bear the maintenance and operation expenses, allowing your company to focus on front-of-the-line tasks like managing clientele rather than constantly monitoring your cloud status.

In public cloud's multi-tenant environments, your workloads are subject to the performance, compliance, and security of the cloud provider’s infrastructure. 

Volaré Hybrid Cloud

The Volaré hybrid cloud model represents the best of both worlds of private and public cloud systems. You can run sensitive, highly regulated, and mission-critical applications and workloads, or workloads with reasonably constant performance and capacity requirements on dedicated private cloud infrastructure.

Volaré enables less-sensitive, more-dynamic, or even temporary workloads such as development and test environments for a new application on the same public cloud infrastructures you are used to working with.

With the integration and orchestration between the two taking care of under the Volaré umbrella, you can leverage both for the same workload. For example, you can leverage additional public cloud capacity to accommodate a spike in demand for a private cloud application, which is a technique known as “cloud bursting”.

Benefits of the Volaré Hybrid Cloud

If you’ve read this far, you’ve likely concluded that the flexibility and division of labor enabled by the Volaré hybrid cloud can offer significant benefits to almost any organization in multiple areas.

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Security and Compliance

The Volaré hybrid cloud lets your organization deploy highly regulated or otherwise sensitive workloads in a fully dedicated private cloud environment, while still being able to deploy less-sensitive workloads to public cloud services.

Scalability and Resilience

You can't always predict when workload traffic will spike, and even when you can predict spikes, you can't always afford to purchase additional private cloud capacity for those spikes only. The Volaré hybrid cloud lets you scale up quickly, inexpensively, and even automatically using public cloud infrastructure and then scale back down when the surge subsides—all without impacting the other workloads running on your private cloud.

Resource Optimization and Cost Saving

The Volaré hybrid cloud gives your IT more options and flexibility for deploying workloads in a way that makes the best use of your on-premises investments and your overall infrastructure budget. It also allows you to change that deployment in response to changing workloads or new opportunities. For example, hybrid cloud lets you do any of the following:

  • Establish a cost-optimal division of labor for workloads, such as maintaining workloads with known capacity and performance requirements on private cloud and migrate more variable workloads and applications to public cloud resources.
  • Quickly 'spin-up' a development/test environment using pay-as-you-go in the public cloud resources without impacting on-premises infrastructure.
  • Rapidly adopt or switch to emerging or state-of-the-art tools that can streamline your development, improve your products and services, or give you a competitive edge.

HighPoint Technology Group owns, operates, and maintains the Volaré Cloud ecosystem, offering the most complete range of hybrid cloud solutions and use cases imaginable. HighPoint's Volaré hybrid cloud solutions ensure maximum flexibility and security for your new and existing business applications.

Built from the ground up as an integrated ecosystem that fully embraces a multitude of public cloud platforms and multi-cloud solutions, the HighPoint Volaré Cloud is the true difference-maker in the ever-expanding cloud marketplace.

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