A hybrid cloud is a "best of both worlds" solution that seeks to combine the benefits of public and private clouds:
- The biggest advantage to harnessing public cloud is its near-limitless scalability for both on-demand and no-demand capital expenditures. This type of cloud structure is run by cloud computing firms and is accessible to any consumer.
- Private cloud on the other hand is used solely by a specific organization and is owned and managed by the same organization. Private cloud offers more control, security, and transparency compared to public cloud.
- Finally, hybrid cloud is a distributed cloud computing architecture where an enterprise supplements its own private cloud with tools from a public cloud, thus creating a platform that integrates both cloud systems.