Hybrid Cloud Definition | Tintri

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Hybrid Cloud

A hybrid cloud is a mix of virtual and traditional environments that uses public cloud and private legacy storage systems, such as server farms. Hybrid clouds are generally used to bring the agility and speed of public cloud to deploy applications and execute everyday operations while utilizing privately-held hard disk drives (HDDs) or servers within data centers for their assumed higher degree of safety for storing patient records, financial files, or other proprietary data.

On-site server(s) or private cloud to host and archive private information

For companies in the healthcare, finance, and legal spaces, it’s important to be able to securely house proprietary client and company information. Hosting and archiving what could amount to petabytes (PB) of data requires exceedingly secure housing. For this reason, some companies within these industries choose hybrid cloud—because it allows them to integrate existing on-site servers or private clouds with a third-party public cloud for other needs.

Third-party public cloud for fast workload execution

The other side of a hybrid cloud is the speedy third-party public cloud, which most companies use to execute daily tasks, store variations of files or apps they’re working on, and for all other everyday computing needs. Companies unite hardware that houses their proprietary client or company information with third-party public clouds because they’re much faster than any company’s on-site server or hard disk drives (HDDs) for computing and task execution.

The two-sided combination of hybrid cloud—on-site HDDs or private clouds and a third-party cloud provider allows them to get things done quickly while feeling safe about how their archived or up-to-the-minute private information and client files are stored. But why not just use private cloud for computing and executing everyday tasks? Great question: because private clouds are notoriously slow when it comes to spinning up and tearing down applications, which means corporate staff and executives have to work twice as long (or longer) to achieve something as simple as an upload, download or even send an email through a private cloud.

Drawbacks we’re compelled to mention about hybrid versus enterprise cloud

There are caveats to using a combination of HDD, servers or private cloud in combination with third-party public cloud providers. The private enterprise cloud with public cloud-like agility offered by Tintri gives you the best of all worlds. You may prefer the Tintri Enterprise Cloud platform over a hybrid environment because your team won’t have to swap back and forth between the two sides of their work environment.

Tintri Enterprise Cloud offers the same speed of third-party public cloud environments like Amazon S3 (Amazon Web Services), Eucalyptus or Google Compute Engine. The critical difference is that with Tintri, you’ll have your own enterprise cloud that belongs to your company, and easily fits within two or less units of rack space in the data center.

Conversely, when you use a third-party public cloud service, what you’re getting is a slice of a universal pie that’s used by thousands of other companies and individuals—if the whole pie gets hacked, your slice of the pie will be affected. The lure of third-party public cloud offerings is that you only have to “pay for what you use.” But, Tintri Enterprise Cloud offers quick and easy scalability in addition to predictive analytics that can tell you how much storage you’ll need up to 18 months from any point in time, making it so easy to scale that you’ll never lose sleep over storage again.

And, Tintri Enterprise Cloud uses all-flash array (AFA) storage—it doesn’t get any faster, more secure or easier to scale up than that. Wave goodbye to the cooling system required for HDD and server storage and the off-the-charts utilities bills you once paid to cool your hardware.

Tintri Hybrid Cloud, Tintri SyncVM: automation, data synchronization and self-service

With the Tintri All-Flash Hybrid Array in combination with VMware and the AHEAD Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), enterprise users enjoy a number of benefits not available through traditionally designed hybrid cloud environments. Using Tintri automation workflows brings real world automation to your hybrid cloud, making management and configuration a cinch.

Tintri Hybrid Cloud Self-Service offers fast and easy ways to DIY hybrid challenges, even for admins and other staff with very little IT or DevOps acumen. Self-service brings enterprise-level users speedy cloning, replication, and snapshots, too. When you automate your applications with Tintri SyncVM, you'll be able to offer data synchronization to your DevOps team while also enabling self-service for your developers and your quality assurance (QA) staff.

Finally, Tintri hybrid environments have data governance automation when extended with our automation, self-service and the ability to sanitize personally identifiable information (PII). This makes your hybrid cloud far more secure than one without automation or AHEAD IaaS. Our primary hybrid cloud automation tools—vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator—give your enterprise the leverage to utilize more tools more quickly and more securely. All this adds up to an agile, safe, fast and exceptionally powerful hybrid cloud environment to meet the day-to-day needs of even the hardest-working enterprise infrastructures and architectures.