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What is a hybrid, and why is everyone fascinated with hybridisation?


15th September 2020

We’ve heard of the Prius, cronuts and ligers – some of the great hybrids in our time (particularly the cronuts which in case you didn’t know, are half croissant half doughnut).  

The world has always been curious about what would happen if you combined two great things or concepts and created one superior result with the best of both. 

However, it’s essential to maintain a critical eye with anything in life – sure the Prius is probably the quietest car out there and is pretty swish, but is it better than pure electric or gasoline cars? 

When it comes to looking at hybrids in the world of cloud computing, thankfully the resounding answer is YES, the hybrid cloud is better.  

Why hybrid cloud computing? 

Throughout history hybrid myths, theories and concepts have been explored by scientists in numerous fields. Like many of these creations, the hybrid cloud was developed with a specific need or desire in mind.  

The driving forces behind created a hybrid cloud came from “security, data privacy, reliability, performance and economic concerns” according to CIO.com

Thus, the perfect merging of traditional on-premise data storage and the public cloud was formed. 

Over 85% of IT leaders from a variety of enterprises said that the hybrid cloud is the “ideal” IT operating model.  

Take a look at the top benefits here. 

The best of both worlds 

If you could have the best of both worlds—the security and controllability of a private cloud with the agility and flexibility of a public cloud—wouldn’t you?  

Unsurprisingly, the hybrid cloud has become as popular as it has in such a short amount of time. Business decision-makers are seeing the benefit of having access to the resources of the public cloud while still being able to closely manage their data privately. This really does result in the best of both worlds as businesses no longer have to compromise on applications and workflows – the hybrid model caters for everything.  

The flexibility of the hybrid cloud enables businesses to segment their data according to the most appropriate cloud model. For example, sensitive and private data regarding finances, payslips, personal information of staff etc. can all be stored on-premise privately. Whereas applications that are used by staff regularly and services provided across the business can use the unlimited public cloud space.  

Journeying to Hybrid Cloud with ease 

There are numerous tried and tested ways to transition seamlessly to the hybrid cloud.  

Here are a few of our top tips: 

  1. Start with the private cloud 
    Make sure that you have a sound and robust private cloud structure in place to secure the crucial bits of sensitive data that you have. 
  2. Remember that the public and private clouds are different 
    This might sound obvious, but it’s important to have different strategies, audits and approaches to these different models to truly benefit from them both. 
  3. Do standardise what you can 
    Automating day to day operations and some processes will be useful and will save you a lot of maintenance time. 
  4. Don’t let knowledge silos prevent implementation 
    Knowledge silos can prevent businesses from moving forward and adapting to new changes in technology, like the hybrid cloud. Ensuring that your systems and programs can operate well with each other in the hybrid cloud model is vital. 

Check out the full “do’s and don’ts” of the hybrid cloud from our partners, Nutanix. 

Your next steps  

The best way to understand how the hybrid cloud would benefit your business is to book your free test drive! Couno has a team of hybrid cloud experts on hand to answer your questions, work out the best solutions for your specific business needs, and get your set up and ready for the future with the new hybrid cloud.  

Get in touch to book your test drive today.