Few things are taking off the same way that cloud usage currently is. The cloud computing industry is soaring.
While cloud infrastructure passed $80 billion in 2018, the global market for cloud computing anticipates reaching $623.3 billion in 2023—more than double the spending in 2018 at $272 billion.
There’s a good reason for all of this success. Cloud computing is collaborative and secure. It checks a lot of boxes for many companies that store, share and analyze data in the cloud.
There are countless options for cloud computing, and many of them live in the world of absolutes: Public storage can feel exposed. Private storage is exclusive, hard to access and can be expensive.
But what about hybrid storage? Many are opting for hybrid cloud computing because of the tools and flexibility that are only available via a hybrid cloud.
What are the hybrid cloud benefits you can expect?
The Perks of Hybrid Cloud Storage
Cloud computing is useful for a lot of reasons, big data being one of them. In fact, 54 percent of leading organizations rely on the analytics they derive from big data, which is frequently cloud-based thanks to the storage solutions available.
But why choose hybrid cloud storage in particular? Why is hybrid cloud storage a great solution over public or private clouds?
Utilizing a hybrid cloud isn’t necessarily faster than a public cloud. But what many companies gain by using a hybrid cloud is optimization. They are able to prioritize where data is stored, which means that frequently used data can remain on a private cloud or within on-site storage so that it can be accessed immediately. It makes it easier for data to get where it needs to be.
Data that is needed less often can be saved to a public cloud server. Non-critical operations can be offloaded to the public cloud so that the private cloud can be designed strictly for vital operations. In other words, it speeds everything up.
Scalability and Cost
If you rely solely on a public cloud, you have to pay a premium for more storage space. This can be expensive to update or expand over time. However, scaling a public cloud is a much more affordable option. Your private cloud can remain the same size to store critical, confidential or frequently used data, and you can add to your storage space in a much more affordable way.
There’s no doubt that there are times when a private cloud is essential, but that doesn’t mean you have to pay that premium price for all of your cloud computing.
Also, you may require different amounts of cloud space at any given time. If you are working on a large analytics project, for example, you may need more space. But you shouldn’t have to pay for that space all the time. This data could be stored in a flexible public cloud space that you can pay to expand only when necessary, which means you only pay for more cloud space when you need it.
Much like you shouldn’t have to pay for private cloud computing for all of your data, you can’t store sensitive information entirely in a public cloud. Ninety percent of IT professionals express concern about public cloud security. While public clouds are more secure than people expect, some things are just meant to be stored in a private cloud. You may work in a heavily regulated industry, for example, and need to store data privately.
However, it should be said that there are all kinds of precautions that you can take to keep your public cloud secure too. Just because you are storing data in a public cloud doesn’t mean it’s sitting out in the open, vulnerable to cyberattacks.
In reality, public cloud storage is often more secure than your on-site security. If your budget is tight or your team lacks cybersecurity skills, you can rely on the security systems and firewalls put in place by your public cloud host. After all, cybersecurity is a huge part of their business. That’s their whole focus.
In summation, you can securely store extremely sensitive data in your private cloud. But you also can trust that whatever you are storing in your public cloud is secure too.
When Using a Hybrid Cloud Could Benefit You
What scenarios might benefit from your use of a hybrid cloud storage system? There are many reasons why businesses are making the switch to a hybrid cloud system and why it’s beneficial to their operations. Here are a few cases in which a hybrid cloud is the perfect solution for storage:
You Have a Workload That Is Dynamic or Changes Frequently
One of the major benefits of using a hybrid cloud is that it is so scalable. You can adjust your public cloud storage when needed for storing your dynamic workload, and your more sensitive information (that may not change quite so rapidly) can remain on your private cloud.
When you need less storage, you pay for less storage. It’s that simple. You aren’t overpaying for storage you don’t need, and you have exactly as much cloud space as needed at any given time.
You Have Some Workloads That Are More Sensitive Than Others
Some information in your system may be extremely sensitive or confidential, while other data is much less so. You need a private cloud storage solution for the sensitive material, but you shouldn’t have to pay to store everything on a massive, expensive private cloud.
One of many hybrid cloud benefits is that you save on having to pay for a massive private cloud. Of course, you need the security of a private cloud for some of your data, but you can conserve resources by storing less-sensitive data in a public cloud setting.
You’re Processing Big Data
If you’re dealing in big data analytics, chances are you’re only doing so some of the time. You can use your private cloud to keep your big data secure and scale up your public cloud when needed to store and process big data. Sensitive data can remain behind your firewall, but you can increase your storage capacity with a hybrid cloud.
You’re Working on a Temporary Project
Short-term projects shouldn’t take up all of your storage space on a private cloud. If you need more room for a project with a clear end date in sight, you can increase your storage capacity by adding a public cloud to your storage solutions while you need the additional room. When you do this, you can match your private cloud, public cloud and on-site storage solutions to the exact specifications you need.
Is it time to evaluate your company’s needs for hybrid cloud storage? Enjoy the freedom and practicality that you only can get with a hybrid cloud, and create a storage solution that fits your data and your budget.
At Violin Systems, we can help you tailor your cloud to your exact specifications—and alter it as frequently as your storage needs shift and evolve.