There is a ton of new terminology associated with cloud computing and cloud hosting. Some view the term “cloud” itself as little more than a catch phrase. As one tech expert once said, “There is no cloud. It’s just a bunch of servers”. Be that as it may, the cloud has taken the business world by storm, with many executives hoping to save money and resources by moving to the cloud.
One of the terms frequently thrown out by companies offering cloud technology is the “hybrid cloud”. One simple definition describes a hybrid cloud as a combination of a private cloud and a public cloud. If you are not sure what those are, however, that definition probably means little to you.
Essentially, a hybrid cloud refers to a business that keeps some of its server operations on-premise, while also utilizing the services of a cloud provider for its other operations. These two environments are distinctively different in their physical locations, but the right technology can help them work together rather seamlessly.
In some cases, the hybrid cloud may be the exclusive design setup offered by your service provider. In other words, the cloud vendor will manage both the public cloud and the private cloud, even though the latter is physically housed on your premises. For some businesses, using a hybrid cloud allows them to enjoy better scalability. For example, they may keep static applications on their private cloud while keeping data and other dynamic content on the public cloud. As their need for more space and power increases, they can add more to the public side of the hybrid without needing to increase local infrastructure.