Technology terms are invented every day. Sometimes we use them, without a common understanding of what they mean. When you hear “hybrid infrastructure” what comes to mind?
What is hybrid infrastructure?
Hybrid refers to a mix of both on-premises and cloud-based computing resources. I am sure you are running in a hybrid environment today, with the growth in cloud-based applications. But when you link hybrid with infrastructure, it takes on a new meaning. Are you running your key business systems and the components that link them together (integration) both on-premises and in the cloud?
Legacy data centers are becoming a thing of the past. Companies want to get take advantage of the scale and cost advantage of the cloud, but moving existing transactional systems to the cloud is a complex, costly and time-consuming process. This means that most companies are supporting both on-premises and cloud infrastructures or hybrid infrastructure.
Not every company can get on the cloud bandwagon as fast as they would like because of compliance, cost or prioritization. This can be quite the process, but as long as you have the software, expertise and planning to phase the move to the cloud, it can be very successful.
A nice blend
A hybrid infrastructure comprises a blend of private clouds and/or public clouds and on-premises data centers. Thanks to this unique formula, organization systems–as well as applications–can be utilized in any of these environments. Many possibilities exist for companies of different sizes when choosing this solution.
It is important to consider how to manage systems and applications across a hybrid environment. For starters, not all companies of different sizes exist entirely in the cloud or on-premise. With so many solutions available—especially the upswing of applications—means that a hybrid infrastructure is becoming the choice for companies to go forward. Incorporating the different systems around a hybrid infrastructure permits a company to revolve rapidly around the changing landscape that exists with emerging technology trends. Further, you can still control the data and abilities of the on-premises of older systems.
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Why do you need it?
Since the onset of the hybrid cloud, a hybrid infrastructure is convenient for a company to combine public, private cloud and data centers under one umbrella. Further, the cost-effective ratio provides a quick way to secure your data. They can meet your company’s needs for integrating on-premises and cloud-based systems.
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