What is a Hybrid Cloud

Hybrid Cloud – What is it and Do I need one ?



A Hybrid Cloud is a cloud service using both public and private clouds to perform distinct functions within the same organisation. We are all aware of the benefits of cloud computing, the ROI, the efficiency and the fact that every component should be up to date. An organisation can maximise their efficiency by employing public cloud services for all non-sensitive data, only relying on a private cloud where they require it and ensuring that all of their platforms are seamlessly integrated.

Gartner claim that 50% of all organisations will adopt a hybrid cloud solution by 2018.

Think of it like this – you don’t mind your email being out in the cloud, but your financial and sales data is particularly precious to you, so you want to keep that behind a locked door (firewall) so its safe.

Hybrid cloud models can be implemented in a number of ways:
  • Disparate cloud providers team up to provide a public/private cloud model (this occurs frequently with Government organisations where inter departmental dependencies exist
  • Individual cloud providers offer a complete hybrid package – a “Full Service” package
  • Organisations who manage their private clouds themselves sign up to a public cloud service which they then integrate into their own infrastructure organised and managed by their IT Department.

We provide either or a combination of these services.

ABL Networks have our own cloud that we have built from the ground up, utilising the latest hardware and software to provide best in breed Cloud services.

We also have the skills and experience to deal with other suppliers such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

An example service would be a web based application where the database back end is say an AS400.The web app needs to be highly scalable, and highly available, so we host it in the cloud, yet the backend is AS400 on premise. This is perhaps one of the simplest ways to think of a private cloud.

Whatever your needs, we have a solution we can create for you.

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