What is Hybrid Cloud?

Sep 13, 2021

Hybrid cloud refers to a mixed computing, storage, and orchestration IT infrastructure that combines and unifies an on-premises infrastructure or private cloud service with one or more public cloud options. 

Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

A private cloud is a single-tenant cloud environment, meaning all the resources are dedicated and accessible to a single customer only. Private clouds have traditionally been hosted on-premises in the customer's datacenter. However, private clouds can also be hosted by an independent third-party or built on rented, vendor-owned datacenters located off-premises.

A public cloud is a cloud environment offered by third-party providers over the public Internet, making them available to anyone who wants to use or purchase them. While there are many public cloud service providers to choose from, Coretek has decided to partner exclusively with Microsoft, making Azure our public cloud of choice. Microsoft Azure's ability to operate seamlessly in a hybrid cloud architecture is just one of the many reasons why we made that decision. 

In the last year, hybrid business models have become increasingly critical for businesses across industries. But what are the benefits of a hybrid cloud approach? And what are the available options for hybrid technology? What makes up a hybrid scenario, and is it right for your business? Get answers to all these questions and more in this blog.

What are the Benefits of Hybrid Cloud?

A hybrid cloud approach allows organizations to take advantage of the strengths of both a private cloud and a public cloud while minimizing the impact of each environment's disadvantages. It does this by integrating the private and public clouds, using technologies and management tools that enable an organization to move workloads seamlessly between both as needed for optimal performance, security, compliance, and cost-savings.

By using a hybrid cloud, businesses can use the public cloud to instantly scale capacity up or down as needed to handle excess capacity when their computing and processing demand increases beyond an on-premises datacenter's capabilities. A hybrid cloud environment also allows organizations to avoid the time and cost of purchasing, installing, and maintaining new servers that may not always be needed, depending on the workload.

Hybrid Cloud Services & Solutions 

At Coretek, we offer various hybrid cloud services and solutions designed to help businesses enable remote work, take advantage of cloud innovation, and maximize their existing on-premises investments. Below are a few of our service and solution offerings.

Azure Virtual Desktop Quick Start

Enable a secure remote desktop experience from virtually anywhere. Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a modern VDI platform that is secure, scalable, and easy to manage. It delivers a seamless, high-performance experience to end-users. Our AVD quick start begins with an expert one-on-one session with a Solution Architect to help our team understand your current environment. Learn about our AVD Quick Start here.

Citrix Assessment

Citrix has several products that can be used to help your IT infrastructure keep pace with the needs of your hybrid workforce. Our Citrix Assessment provides a review of your on-premises and cloud environments and evaluates your current architecture, design, and redundancy, and also explores how it aligns with your key business objectives.

Azure Arc Quick Start

Unify on-prem, hybrid, and cross-cloud infrastructures with Azure Arc. Whether on-prem or in the cloud, your entire environment can come under unified management with Azure Arc that extends the Azure control plane to your hybrid environment. Coretek's Smart Enterprise team will lead your organization to adopt Microsoft Azure Arc and simplify your hybrid cloud for better operations and increased agility. Contact us here to get started.

Azure VMware Solution

Utilizing Microsoft's Azure VMware Solution (which is VMware cloud verified), Coretek can help you move or extend on-premises VMware environments to Azure. Contact us here to get started.

Azure Stack

Extend Azure services and capabilities to your environment of choice—from the datacenter to edge locations and remote offices—with Azure Stack. Build, deploy, and run hybrid and edge computing apps consistently across your IT ecosystem, with flexibility for diverse workloads. Contact us here to get started.

Hybrid Cloud Use Cases

A unified IT infrastructure powered by a hybrid cloud architecture is well-suited to several uses cases:

Security and Regulatory Compliance

In some industries, such as healthcare, finance, and government, highly sensitive data is better secured in a hybrid cloud. Depending on the industry regulations, some organizations may be required to store certain types of data on-premises while allowing less sensitive data to be stored in the public cloud. In use cases such as this, a hybrid cloud architecture benefits organizations by giving them the flexibility to leverage the public cloud while still meeting industry regulations and requirements.

Move to the Cloud at Your Own Pace

By adopting a hybrid cloud approach, you can place some of your workloads on the public cloud and continue expanding your cloud presence as needed depending on your business goals.

Flexibility for the Future

The future is unpredictable. Use public cloud compute and storage resources to scale up quickly, automatically, and cost-effectively in response to unplanned spikes in traffic without impacting private cloud workloads. 

Enhance Legacy Applications

Now, more than ever, your remote work environment is critical in connecting your virtual team and your organization's workspace. You can leverage Azure and other public cloud services to improve existing apps' user experience or extend them to new devices.

Rapid Adoption of New Technology

As your company grows, the need to adopt or switch to the latest software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution may arise. You may also need to integrate those new solutions with your existing applications. A hybrid cloud approach enables you to do all of the above without provisioning a new on-premises infrastructure.

VMware Migration

Seamlessly lift and shift VMware-based workloads from your on-premises datacenter to Azure; this allows you to reduce your datacenter footprint and scale as needed without additional capital equipment investments.

Is Hybrid Right for Your Business?

As with most technology decisions, the answer is: It depends. Does your business need to apply any of the scenarios we listed above? If so, hybrid might be a direction you should consider.  The hybrid model is highly valuable to businesses with dynamic workloads, large amounts of data to process, or a large mix of IT services. The hybrid cloud's flexibility, scalability, and responsiveness make it the ideal approach for organizations looking to transition from traditional IT models towards cloud-first or cloud-only infrastructures. Not to mention that businesses with the right managed services provider also save on costs considerably by ensuring they pay for additional resources when necessary.

If you are interested in adopting a hybrid cloud model for your business, get in touch today!

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