With the many different types of clouds available to an IT organization today, it’s often asked, what type of cloud is right for me? The short answer, a combination of the three.
Cloud computing comes in three primary forms: private, public and hybrid clouds. Choosing which cloud is the best fit for your IT organization relies on several key attributes: Level of security, management, flexibility, scalability and cost.
Public cloud is when a service provider, such as AWS, Google, Microsoft, or several of the cloud service providers within Hitachi’s ecosystem of partners makes resources or applications available to the general public over the Internet. Public clouds provide economies of scale and sharing of resources that can reduce costs and increase choices of technologies.
Private clouds are dedicated infrastructures owned by a single company. These environments power an IT organizations primary applications and reside behind the company’s firewall. Private clouds are generally more expensive, not as scalable and driven by concerns around security and compliance.
Now comes hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is a blend between Private and Public, allowing a company to securely extend their Private cloud into the Public domain. One of the foremost benefits of implementing a hybrid cloud solution is cost savings. Instead of investing heavily in infrastructure to withstand occasional bursts in system usage, organizations can leverage public cloud resources and only pay for it as they need it.
In addition to their providing the flexibility to deploy workloads where it makes the best sense based on performance, security, compliance, and economics factors, hybrid clouds present some challenges in terms of management. As cloud configurations have become more complex, comprehensive cloud management platforms are needed to maintain seamless and safe interoperability among the cloud options used.
Choosing a cloud strategy is not easy and doesn’t include a single product, but rather a series of steps aimed at transforming and modernizing an organizations data center. The Hitachi Data Systems approach includes a comprehensive set of solutions and service offerings, directly from us or through our cloud service providers who build and deliver cloud services on our infrastructure, allowing you to choose the best possible path to address your cloud needs.
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Hybrid clouds offer the best of both worlds, allowing you to take advantage of cloud options that have different cost and delivery model characteristics. This means leveraging private cloud for some data and content and public cloud for the rest. For example, data that is not accessed often or is old, but still needs to be retained for regulatory purposes, can leverage inexpensive public cloud storage. For mission-critical workloads, private cloud is generally the way to go.
At Hitachi Data Systems, we have a set of proven, cloud enabled platforms that support the unified, virtualized and distributed environments common in organizations today. These environments for the foundation for private, public and hybrid clouds. Our cloud service providers use these as a foundation for delivering both cloud services, and the cloud management platforms required to effectively manage hybrid clouds that may include a variety of public cloud options.
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