Hybrid cloud architectures are increasingly becoming the preferred way for businesses to implement their IT infrastructures. They provide maximum flexibility, combining high security for critical data—like credit card numbers—with an elastic cloud architecture, making it possible to scale web sites dynamically to match demand. Hybrid cloud architectures also give you the tools to control all of your IT resources through a single management interface, as well as the flexibility to move IP addresses, share firewalls and create load balancing between locations; these locations may be different areas within a single data center or geographically dispersed.
To make the most efficient use of hybrid infrastructure, it’s best to match the type of server to the application load. The reasoning behind this is because it’s more cost-effective to use a dedicated server for stable loads and a flexible cloud infrastructure for loads that have seasonal fluctuations. It just doesn't make sense to pay for flexibility unless you need it.
In some cases, a single application may be implemented using different types of servers for different tasks. For example, an online retailer may need highly secure servers to handle payments and use dedicated servers in a colocation space for that purpose. But, they may also have an online catalog that sees huge spikes in demand at certain times of the year—such as Christmas—for which the public cloud would be a great fit. A hybrid architecture allows the payment processing servers to be implemented on company owned infrastructure while the catalog can be hosted on a flexible cloud using Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This allows servers to be spun up quickly when they’re needed and taken down again when the surge in demand is over.
Hybrid hosting services are also a good choice when you’re developing a new application. Flexible IaaS cloud hosting allows servers to be set up and torn down rapidly without affecting any live services. When the time comes to deploy for public use, then more stable servers can be deployed alongside those hosting the existing services.
If you think that hybrid cloud sounds right for you—or you want to check that you’re getting the most out of your existing hybrid architecture—then give us a call at Scisbo. We'll create the right hybrid service for you.