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What is a Hybrid Cloud?

Hybrid cloud is an environment for computing. It utilizes public and private clouds, joining them virtually so services and features can be utilized effectively depending on workload type, cost and structure. Workloads can move between the private, proprietary cloud and third-party cloud. Hybrid cloud computing can be an attractive option when workloads are highly transactional or dynamic or when entities are housing high volumes of archived data,

For corporate entities and others that frequently create, utilize and refer to large amounts of big data, a hybrid cloud environment brings the speed and agility most private cloud offerings just can’t muster. Companies dealing in big data and business intelligence turn to third-party public cloud to meet the need for speed in reading and retrieving information. But, these companies also have a need for privacy as they house massive stores of information, which drives a need for private cloud. So, they opt for hybrid cloud to obtain the best of both worlds.

User-friendliness, management, customization and safety

The combination and tethering of a communal or public cloud to a private cloud is the base definition of a cloud computing environment, but there’s a little more to it than that. Entities find it attractive because one user can easily surf between public and private clouds with little trouble. 

For example, one admin might need scores of privately housed big data to create reports, but they cannot create reports without the use of an application housed on public cloud. So, the need for speed and capacity exists, and hybrid cloud computing is one way to achieve both. In this scenario, the interconnectivity of the clouds is made possible by either integrating permissions or by deep customization that turns two disparate cloud environments into one that’s responsive to user commands regardless of where they want to go in either cloud. To do this well, a cloud computing environment needs the right automation and orchestration to keep both clouds secure, manageable, and running at top speed.

Planning and IT management

Hybrid cloud environments must be planned and managed well, and that means working closely with the entities that provide hybrid connectivity, for example, Microsoft Azure. The best providers will offer 24/7 access to their IT team so you can manage between their public cloud and your private cloud or data center without worrying you’ll get stuck in the weeds. Customization should be supervised by members of your provider’s IT team to ensure there’s support for every application, platform and storage type you’re using within your hybrid cloud.

Hybrid cloud safety

A corporate entity or other venture is responsible for all the data it houses, regardless of whether its data falls on the public or private side of the architecture. So, before you begin moving applications or information into any public cloud offering, security must be in place. No matter how well you understood your architecture or its security before migrating, you’ll need to learn the nuances of your new security system even when you outsource security. 

Items like credit cards, private health data, social security numbers and private client information from around the world require data compliant security. Never go it alone: Always request the assistance of your provider when attempting to bolster your internal and external compliance to regulations. Your cloud security should span across both (or all) clouds you work within. Don’t assume because you’re covered on one that you’re covered on the other. Ask your provider’s IT team about your security and be sure it is identified as security for a multi-cloud management platform.

Data leaks and encryption

Perhaps the biggest security concern with hybrid cloud environments are data leaks. To protect your data visibility from hackers you must choose the best place to store your proprietary data. Obviously, you’ll choose the safest place within your cloud, but that won’t keep you safe from that data being grabbed when someone within your system uses it to track a package, create a report or update a patient’s records. To ensure best practices in security, monitor traffic in and out of data stores and ask your cloud service provider to show you the systems for tracking sensitive information.

Data encryption is always the best idea when information is not in use, and this is especially true in a hybrid cloud environment. But data encryption that protects information on the move over the bridge between public and private clouds is also important. To this end, an encryption system that protects data at rest and en route (during processing) will serve you best. Different hybrid cloud service providers offer different methods for encryption that protects data during its entire life cycle. Asking before you commit to one provider can be a smart way to determine if their method of encryption is the right one to keep your information secure.

The agility of public cloud is attractive but not singular  

Many corporate entities and smaller ventures spend money maintaining the public cloud arm of their hybrid cloud because they’re not aware of the recent evolution in storage. Virtualized storage can make a private cloud every bit as scalable, agile and flexible as the third party public cloud offerings they’re comfortable with. While it certainly sounds nice to “only pay for what you use” in public cloud, the truth is, users don’t own the space, the machines or the bandwidth public clouds use to operate. 

Tintri Enterprise Cloud operates using RESTful APIs just like Amazon Web Services, offering the same incredible agility. But Tintri pairs this power with complete privacy and ownership. Private companies currently using hybrid cloud for speed and low cost can transition to private cloud. This is where spinning up and tearing down cloud-native and enterprise applications is done with lightning speed. 

Tintri Enterprise Cloud also offers real-time and predictive analytics anytime you want them. Admins can dive deep and retrieve analysis on individual VMs in real time. And finally, Tintri Enterprise Cloud offers self-service that dramatically reduces the need for IT intervention. Most anyone on your team can manage their storage footprint with ease.

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