Like all forms of cloud computing, there are pros and cons to maintaining a hybrid cloud environment in lieu of a traditional data center. Before determining that a hybrid cloud is right for your business, take time to consider both the good and the bad.
Hybrid cloud computing is very flexible, which is one of the major benefits. Companies can structure their cloud environment around rapidly changing needs, from seasonality to a dynamic and complex business model in which a single cloud set-up may not feel adequate. For companies that feel that hybrid cloud services are the best way to customize an atmosphere, this can seem like a big perk.
However, for most management teams with with straightforward needs, this kind of flexibility isn’t necessary. When volumes are stable, there’s no need to transition between clouds, and very few businesses have the kind of ever-changing storage requirements that would require a hybrid cloud. Hybrid clouds also generally require a steep investment in technology; the virtualization requirements alone can be beyond what a standard IT team can provide. For enterprises that wish to keep costs low, a hybrid cloud may exceed budgetary expectations.
Hybrid cloud infrastructure can also be a disadvantage for compliance purposes. In generally, it’s important to definitively isolate where data is being stored, and this is not always possible with a hybrid cloud. This burden can be lessened by keeping all data specific to regulations, like patient medical records and financial transaction information, only on private servers, but the line is still blurred beyond the comfort of some compliance professionals.
In general, a private cloud can generally accommodate all needs, particularly hosted private clouds that allow for additional growth without the need for any additional in-house server support. For those who are overwhelmed by the complexity of a hybrid could, starting with a private cloud can be a good way to preserve data security while transitioning. In theory, a stand-alone private cloud could be incorporated into a hybrid configuration at a later date if necessary.