3 Shades Of Hybrid Cloud CIOs Can Choose From

by Wrik Sen    Nov 08, 2016

With the emergence of cloud computing, companies are still grappling with a dilemma, as to whether a cloud infrastructure would suit their company’s operations at all. However, for those that have moved to the space of using cloud, have found multiple benefits of hybrid cloud computing, which combines the attributes of an on-premise cloud infrastructure, with that of a public cloud. With flexibilities in many aspects of the design, companies can choose among many designs or varieties of hybrid cloud computing, which can further be tailored to their needs.

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 - The On premise public cloud

 The name itself might confuse a few, but it is something that Microsoft has been working on, with the Azure Stack. This server will be managed remotely by Microsoft, and will be a mini public cloud edition that can be powered on by the customers, as per their choice. Azure Stack has that ability to be a hands-off design’, which will allow the workloads to be transferable between an on-premise and off-premise environment, in perfectly seamless fashion, so operation workflow is not affected. Even though Oracle has worked in the similar space with it’s Cloud Machine, it has not made as many headlines as the Microsoft creation.

- Virtual Machine on demand

Virtual machine on demand is a situation, when on-premise cloud infrastructures find it difficult to match up with any excess workload on their servers, and an on-demand virtual public cloud support may be needed. In a recent deal between VMware and AWS, the VMware software defined data center stack was available as a service with AWS next. Some technicians say, this is actually a pathway towards permanent cloud technology adoption in the future.

 - Application based hybrid structure

This is a method in which the the customer facing applications and other softwares can be hosted on a public cloud, but the backend systems to which they connect, are kept on an on-premise private cloud. This way, the most crucial functions and backend support systems can be managed from the premises, whereas the customer interaction takes places with the ecosystem based on a public cloud, without causing any extra or undue stress on the ‘on-prem’ infrastructure.