Hybrid cloud, a mix, and match of public cloud, private cloud, and even your own data center, can provide the flexibility and scalability to support your business growth and achieve long-term cost savings. Here are five reasons why hybrid cloud may be the best option for you:
- Widely accepted standard interface developed – Emergence of a common interface for on-premises and cloud storage changes everything. The world of storage revolves around interface standards. They are the glue that drives down costs and ensures interoperability.
For hybrid storage, the standard is the Amazon S3 API, an interface that began in cloud storage and is now available for on-premises object storage. This standardization is significant because it gives storage managers new flexibility to deploy common tools and applications on-premises and in the cloud and seamlessly move data between the two environments to optimize cost, performance, and data durability.
- Unprecedented scalability delivering operational efficiency – Managing one large, scalable pool of storage is far more efficient than managing two smaller ones. Furthermore, hybrid storage is hands down the most scalable storage model ever devised. It combines on-premises object storage — which is scalable to hundreds of petabytes — with limitlessly scalable cloud storage for all practical purposes. This single-pool storage model reduces data silos and simplifies management with a single namespace and a single view — no matter where the data originated or where it resides. The hybrid also allows you to keep a copy of all metadata on-premises, ensuring rapid search across both cloud and on-premises data.
- Data protection options – A hybrid storage model offers businesses of all sizes incredible data protection options, delivering data durability that previously would have been affordable to only the most well-heeled storage users. You can backup data to object storage on-premises in a hybrid configuration, then automatically tier data to the cloud for long-term archive (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure Blob). It gives you two optimal results: You have a copy of data on-site for rapid recovery when needed and a low-cost, long-term archive offsite copy for disaster recovery. Many popular backup solutions, including Veritas, Commvault, and Rubrik, provide Amazon S3 connectors that enable this solution as a simple drop-in.
- Flexible deployment – Hybrid can help with more deployment options than other storage models. For the on-premises component, you can select options that range from zero-up-front cost software running on the servers you already own to multi-petabyte turnkey systems. For the cloud component, a range of offerings meets both long-term and short-term storage needs. Across both worlds, a common object storage interface lets you mix and match the optimal solution. Whether the objective is rapid data access on-premises or long-term archival storage, these needs can be met with a common set of storage tools and techniques.
- Help Meeting Data Protection Rules – In a recent survey, 59% of respondents reported the need to maintain some of their data on-premises. On average, that group stated that only about half of their data could go to the cloud. In particular, financial data and customer records are often subject to security, governance, and compliance rules, driven by internal policy and external regulation. With a hybrid cloud model, you can more easily accommodate the changing needs. With hybrid, you can set policies to ensure compliance, tailoring migration and data protection rules to specific data types.