Hybrid Cloud: the Data Center Strategy of the Future

IT has the ability to transform organizations. Your company’s employees don’t care about the type of solution or the vendor; they don’t want to read statistics on how efficient they’ll be; they just want to be able to do their job with the right tools.

“Hybrid cloud environments provide a huge amount of benefits to an organization,” said Accudata Systems Data Center Practice Manager Thanh Nguyen. “There is so much potential in the hybrid cloud industry. It’s where data center technology is heading – there’s no doubt about that.”

Accudata Systems believes the hybrid cloud environment is the future of IT. At a high level, a hybrid cloud is a combination of a public and private cloud; it offers maximum flexibility while maintaining a high level of security.

More importantly, hybrid clouds bring flexibility to your organization. Private clouds are secure and provide greater visibility and control – but they’re extremely complex to build and maintain. And with public cloud providers offering power and availability at a scalable rate with lower barriers of entry cost-wise, it only makes sense to take advantage of both.

“Private clouds are great, but they can be complex to create and maintain,” Nguyen said. “It’s difficult to have the same level of agility that the public cloud provides.”

So how does this give you flexibility? Because you can choose when to ramp up or wind down on a fixed workload. Let’s say you own a web retail company. During the three months before Christmas, web traffic triples. Having bandwidth available is a vital part of the customer experience.

Historically, companies would have to buy bandwidth based on peak usage – bandwidth that, 75% of the year, would be wasted. But with a hybrid cloud environment, you can ramp up bandwidth for those three months, and then go back to standard usage for the remaining nine.

This flexibility extends into service contracts. A careful review of your environment can provide companies the information necessary to purchase exactly what it needs. However, public cloud environments make it difficult to switch providers if there’s a better price or a bigger featureset. By leveraging a hybrid solution, you can prevent vendor lock-in and shop around to purchase just what is needed.

“Not every cloud is created equal. The best way to determine if a cloud adheres to a company’s policies is to follow a policy-based platform-agnostic solution,” Nguyen said. “This way, you can create a scorecard and quickly determine if a public cloud adheres to your security policies. Leveraging a technology like Alert Logic can ensure uniformity across all of your cloud environments – public and private.”

Alert Logic provides managed security services for your applications. They focus on providing a holistic security solution; whether it’s intrusion detection or web application firewalls, Alert Logic can help ensure your network remains in your control.

“With cloud networks, organizations can build policies around security and network services. Every application needs security and network policy,” Nguyen said. “By working with Alert Logic, you can ensure your visibility remains intact. That’s one of the keys to a successful hybrid cloud deployment.”

Enhanced data security is one major requirement for hybrid cloud environments. Application availability is another. By leveraging a hybrid cloud strategy, companies gain the ability to push an application to multiple parts of its environment. Applications can be pushed to a public cloud – and then moved back to a private cloud if necessary. Or, that can work in reverse. If your users suddenly need an application, you can put it into your public space and give it all the availability it requires.

It’s important to remember that a hybrid cloud is only as powerful as a company’s ability to utilize and manage that environment. Accudata Systems has the expertise and the industry knowledge to get your organization the hybrid cloud deployment it needs. For more information, call 1.800.246.4908.