How does a hybrid cloud work?

Telefónica Tech    28 November, 2022
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When it comes to digitalisation and starting the “journey” to the cloud, most companies choose multi-cloud solutions or hybrid clouds as the main technology for safeguarding their databases and related tasks.

The use of hybrid clouds is one of the trends in information technology whose benefits are already beginning to be felt in large companies that have chosen to make use of them.

For this reason, before investing in a new technology for your company, you need to know exactly how a hybrid cloud works, the main characteristics that make it stand out and for which specific cases it is most recommended.

What is a hybrid cloud?

The hybrid cloud is the combination of a private cloud with other types of services from a public cloud that is managed by software specially created to unify both services and provide a response in a single control panel.

The company thus has access to hybrid cloud storage that will offer superior flexibility and respond to different specific demands.

In this sense, the definition of a hybrid cloud accounts for the security it offers companies in relation to their private data, while at the same time enjoying the technological resources offered by a public cloud, achieving this simultaneously.

Features of the hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud storage has certain characteristics that make it clear how it works and how it could help you manage your business data:

  • Adaptability or scalability: one of the most outstanding characteristics is that its flexibility can respond to any business need automatically.
  • Compatibility and integration with existing systems: any hybrid cloud must have an architecture that can be combined with your company’s existing private cloud facilities and services.
  • High security: Being fully adaptable, it also offers the possibility of responding to any security requirement by integrating complex protocols specific to private clouds and specialised servers.
  • Savings: another of the most important features is that it does not require as much investment in infrastructure, applications, extensions or equipment.

How do hybrid clouds work?

The operation is essentially very similar to how public and private clouds are managed independently, as their protocols remain the same. However, you will perceive it as a single system with a single control panel, such as the Telefónica Tech Cloud Portal.

This is because hybrid clouds incorporate their own API and automation software that combines two options between application programming interfaces, virtual private networks or wide area networks, efficiently and successfully. It is this connection between the two services that distinguishes private, public and multi-cloud clouds from hybrid clouds.

It is important to note that the quality of the connection is very important in the performance of hybrid cloud functions, so the technologies interconnecting the services must be fully stable

When is a hybrid cloud needed?

While a hybrid cloud is an ideal technological leap to get the best of two great infrastructures, it is advisable to develop an assessment plan that makes it clear why you need to implement a hybrid cloud in your company.

The best way to start the assessment is with your current cloud situation as a baseline: when you realise that your current cloud or server is not meeting all your needs, and you have had to resort to impractical solutions that extend its functionality.

Should you need to store important, sensitive or private data, and at the same time need to have public databases positioned on the network, it is time to consider using a hybrid cloud solution.