Increasingly, companies are choosing hybrid cloud storage solutions to keep their data secure, current, and backed-up. Is this hybridized option popular because people aren’t willing to switch fully to the cloud, or because they are afraid data shared in the cloud is at risk for cyberattacks?
On the contrary: Many are choosing hybrid cloud storage because it is a highly flexible, scalable, affordable, and secure way to store and manage data. It performs well and holds up to the highest of security and accessibility standards. You can bridge private and public cloud systems to store analytics, backups, and other resources on your own budget and in your own way.
Today this flexibility is making hybrid cloud storage a widely-popular option. 90% of companies are on the cloud-- and 58% of cloud adoption is hybrid. So what do you need to know about this storage platform?
What Is Hybrid Cloud Storage?
What exactly does “hybrid cloud storage” mean? Hybrid cloud storage is a kind of cloud storage management system that combines the use of local and off-site resources. Typically, this refers to both public and private cloud storage systems and refers to supplementing internal (private) data storage with public cloud storage.
Usually in hybrid cloud storage, both the public and private cloud storage systems are their own separate entity, but they are bound together in such a way that data and applications are portable; there is a “passageway” connecting the two storage systems.
Where Is Everything Stored?
In an ideal world, hybrid storage keeps frequently used or needed data on-site in a private cloud, while moving other inactive files, data, and information to the public cloud so that it is still accessible while freeing up on-site storage for things you need more often.
This means that data stored on-site is accessible with very low latency, and while data stored in the public cloud is still available rapidly, it doesn’t have the immediacy of data stored on-site but it does have the portability and security to keep data shareable, but safe. It is the perfect form for backup data and disaster recovery planning, because your company’s information is available via the cloud.
When you work with a hybrid cloud backup, you get both data security and insurance. Your data is stored in-house and on-site, with the protection of your existing firewalls, security, and encryption. And you also get to store additional copies of this encrypted data to secure off-site cloud storage. The combination means that your data is more secure than if it was just accessible on-site, and safe from the dangers of losing data to disaster too.
When Is Hybrid Cloud Storage the Right Solution?
So when should you use hybrid cloud storage? What are some scenarios in which hybrid cloud storage is a beneficial storage solution? Here are a few ways that hybrid cloud storage is used by businesses just like yours.
For Cloud Backup and Archives: A hybrid cloud storage system is the perfect place to implement backup and archive storage that works for you, especially if your business has multiple sites, applications, or users. This way, information is available to all parties if a site goes offline, or if someone needs to access archived data from a different location.
To Utilize A Smaller Data Center: The initial investment in hybrid cloud data storage is relatively low, and because you are storing data in the cloud, your physical on-site data center or private cloud can be much smaller -- and therefore less expensive. You also pay less for maintenance of the storage center needed for a private cloud, as well as for the electricity to power this data center and cooling expenses.
For Disaster Recovery: It could be a cyberattack, a flood, or a fire, but you have to be prepared for disaster to strike. Is your private cloud data backed up? When you partner with a hybrid cloud storage service provider, managing recovery in the event of a disaster or technological issue is much simpler, because not only is your information stored securely off-site, but you have technical support when you need it to recover your data. Additionally, because this storage is done in the cloud, and not on-site, you can shrink the size (and cost) of your primary data center.
Public cloud storage tends to be less expensive than on-site private cloud storage and can keep backup files safe for when you need them. You’re not spending the same amount of money on physical storage resources, and you can allocate those funds to other necessary functions within your business. And, when disaster strikes, you restore your business in minutes, not days (or even weeks).
To Synchronize Data Between Sites: If you are operating your business between multiple sites, you know that it can be a challenge to keep everyone on the same page. But when you use hybrid cloud storage, this information can stay up-to-date at each site. Data changes quickly, and with machine data and analysis, your entire team needs the most current information to work accurately. You can improve your workflow systems by using a hybrid cloud system to make your data accessible at every site.
To Share and Access Application Data: Hybrid cloud storage can be a very good thing for your business. As data storage needs -and the accompanying costs- increase, many companies are moving all of their information directly to the cloud. The problem? When this data needs to be accessed immediately, it can create problems for apps that are dependent on this data. You can create low-latency options to share this data with applications anywhere, not just in the cloud. This means that hybrid cloud storage is ideal for big data analytics, which requires high speed processing efficiency.
Are you ready to make the switch to hybrid cloud storage? It’s time you talked to our team at Violin Systems. With unparalleled performance, scalability on demand, and top-notch security and protection, our hybrid cloud storage solutions are second to none.