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Hybrid Cloud Architecture & Migration

What is Hybrid Cloud Architecture?

Hybrid cloud architecture is a computing environment that combines on-premises infrastructure, or a private cloud, with a public cloud, allowing data and applications to be shared between them. It provides versatility, agility, cost-efficiency, and strategic task allocation between different types of storage.

Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Architecture

  • Flexibility and Scalability: Offers on-premises control of critical applications while exploiting the cloud’s scalability for other tasks.
  • Cost-Efficiency: Reduces capital expenditure and improves cost-management by moving workloads between private and public platforms.
  • Security: Maintains sensitive data on a private cloud or on-premises, reducing exposure and enhancing security controls.
  • Compliance and Data Sovereignty: Meets regulatory requirements by housing sensitive or compliance-regulated data within a private environment.
  • Business Continuity: Leverages public cloud redundancy and network scope to ensure reliable operation, mitigate downtime, and facilitate disaster recovery.

Primary Platforms

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS): Known for extensive hybrid capabilities, including services like Amazon EC2 and AWS Lambda for seamless on-premises and public cloud integration.
  • Microsoft Azure: Offers hybrid consistency with services like Azure Arc and Azure Stack, extending Azure to any infrastructure.
  • Google Cloud Platform (GCP): Provides Anthos for application management in hybrid environments, supporting both on-prem hardware and public cloud.
  • IBM Cloud: Emphasizes enterprise-grade services with seamless integration for infrastructure, data, and application management in a hybrid setting.
  • Oracle Cloud: Features services such as Oracle Ravello Cloud Service for easy migration or deployment of data centers to the public cloud.

Hybrid vs. Multi Cloud

Hybrid-Cloud Architecture combines public and private cloud structures, allowing data and applications to be shared between them, thereby providing greater flexibility and optimization of existing infrastructure, security, and compliance.

Multi-Cloud Architecture employs various cloud services from multiple providers, aiming to capitalize on distinct strengths, evade vendor dependency, and potentially gain cost benefits via competitive pricing options.

While hybrid cloud focuses on integration and balance between private and public clouds within the same network, multi-cloud is centered around using the best specific services from multiple external providers.

Next Step? Talk with a Hybrid Cloud Specialist for an initial assessment: