Hybrid Cloud services link together remote and local IT infrastructure – leveraging existing hardware and providing a wide range of cloud computing options.
Cloud hosting is all about providing modern businesses with computing efficiency, flexibility, and scalability. In many cases, this involves setting up computing services on shared or private hardware in one of our datacenters, and accessing those resources over the Internet. This model dramatically cuts down on IT costs, and it can be ideal for small companies or companies looking for rapid growth. But what if you already have substantial established IT resources? Those resources may not be adaptable enough to meet your company’s current computing needs, but they still have tremendous value. If only there were some way to layer cloud applications onto local hardware!
This common need is the inspiration for the hybrid cloud. This model of cloud computing service involves an alliance between an Atlantic.net datacenter and a set of in-house IT resources on the client side. Various operations such as processing, data storage, or machine virtualization can be shared or mirrored between the two, and our expertise in communications technology allows us to set up simple yet secure interfaces for connections between local and remote data centers.
Hybrid cloud models allow businesses to keep some in-house IT resources, while benefiting from cloud features, including:
- automatic metering
- machine virtualization
- location-independent application delivery
- access to the whole range of hosted services
Like standard cloud and private cloud models, many of the expenses of a hybrid cloud are tax-deductible. In addition, accounts can easily be added only when needed, and services are billed by actual usage. All of this results in tremendous potential for cost savings.
If all these definitions of cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud seem to overlap, that’s because they do: “cloud computing” is an inherently flexible concept that can be adapted to meet almost any set of technical, operational, or financial constraints.
If you take one message home from reading our blog, it should be that cloud computing can offer solutions you might not expect. If your growing business has IT needs, talk to an expert about how cloud computing can meet those needs securely, effectively and efficiently.