Matching hybrid infrastructure with cloud infrastructure as a service
According to VMWare, hybrid infrastructure is a combination of on-premises data centers, private clouds and/or public clouds. A hybrid cloud architecture can provide a broad range of business benefits, but can be challenging for an in-house IT team to manage. By matching hybrid infrastructure with cloud infrastructure as a service (CIaaS), a third-party vendor can access and maintain your cloud resources. A managed cloud service vendor can provide you with all the storage, networking technology and servers you require, while delivering comprehensive management of your hybrid cloud infrastructure including on-premises data centers and public and private cloud environments.
Cleo notes that cloud infrastructure services are both automated and scalable, so you can purchase resources on an as-needed basis and keep costs pinned closely to actual usage. This prevents cost overruns and lets you concentrate on growing your business while the service handles applications, data, runtime, middleware and operating systems as well as being responsible for storage, networking and virtualization.
Benefits of hybrid cloud
A hybrid cloud architecture offers multiple benefits for your entire organization:
Customization: You have the visibility and control to customize your IT infrastructure, maintaining management over private data and critical operations.
Scalability: Your business-critical data is kept in private cloud settings or in your on-prem data center, while you utilize the public cloud for operations, increasing capacity rapidly when needed.
Business continuity: By using a hybrid environment, workload surges can be easily absorbed by the public cloud, while private servers are protected from overload. Duplicating data to the cloud provides backups and redundancy, so that if you experience a natural local disaster, a hacking attempt or a computing failure, business operations can be maintained without downtime.
Security: A hybrid cloud model empowers your organization with the capability of the public cloud, while permitting you to leverage the security of on-premises infrastructure and reduce the chances of exposing critical data. Even if your private cloud-stored data is shared to a public cloud for analytics and applications, you can install special encryption protocols to keep your data safe, and make further decisions on cloud data storage based on internal policy, external compliance and across-the-board security requirements.
Lower OPEX: Hybrid cloud storage is the perfect way to optimize IT spending and reduce annual OPEX. Public cloud is easy to scale up and down, and typically can be purchased at will on a per-use basis, meaning you pay for public cloud services only when you need them.
Managing hybrid infrastructure
You'll need more than even a dedicated IT team to manage your hybrid cloud infrastructure, since manual monitoring will not be adequate for supporting such a complex architecture. Consider managed hybrid infrastructure services that can provide you with the comprehensive automation and repeatable frameworks required to support a hybrid environment's lifecycle.
Provisioning and release automation will enable service efficiency, manage configuration and compliance, and support development, provisioning, operations and requests.
IT service support process automation streamlines common IT system management (ITSM) processes, optimizes service levels and process compliance, and connects your infrastructure components and business systems to your end users for cross functionality and ease-of-use.
IT operations automation can be utilized at monitoring-level or task automation, presenting workload orchestration rolled out through dynamic integrations in cooperation with ITSM.
Managed hybrid infrastructure services can simplify your deployment by providing everything you need to stay simultaneously hands free yet with full visibility into and control of your company data and operations. Perle can provide everything you need for the on-prem side of your hybrid setup. Read our customer success stories to learn more.
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