What Is Hybrid Cloud and How Can It Benefit Connectivity?

There have been significant milestones along the way, yet interest in hybrid cloud has never been greater than it is today. Analyst house 451 Research claims that 62 per cent of businesses are already pursuing a hybrid IT strategy, while 90 per cent of organisations are using a cloud service of some kind. This research points to a significant trend in enterprises moving from operating and hosting their own cloud environments, towards hosting their data with third-party services outside of their own control.

Hybrid cloud offers a number of advantages to your business, chief among them the ability to take control of corporate IT assets in the service of business objectives, such as growing into a new market or improving service to existing customers.

Importantly, hybrid cloud helps you better address one core IT consideration that has direct relevance to the customer experience and service delivery: connectivity.

For those still not sold on the idea, here’s a quick primer on hybrid cloud and its impact on connectivity.

What is Hybrid Cloud?

Hybrid cloud refers to an IT deployment model that combines a data centre or private cloud with public cloud from a commercial provider such as Amazon, Microsoft or Google. The former is private cloud infrastructure used by a single organisation behind a firewall. The latter is public cloud infrastructure. Workloads move between these private and public clouds as required over an encrypted connection.

Benefits of Hybrid Cloud

There are lots of good reasons to explore hybrid cloud.

To start, there’s the “best of both worlds” argument. It’s the idea that hybrid cloud gives you the security and control of private IT combined with the agility and flexibility of the public cloud. You can quickly launch new apps and services from the public cloud, without having to invest in the hardware or infrastructure to build or acquire your own private facility.

Secondly, hybrid cloud allows you to plan your IT architecture strategically. You could choose to deploy some applications within a data centre shared by peer businesses you want to work with. For example, if you’re in financial services, a London-based data centre would put you near relevant businesses in one of the world’s top financial markets.

How Does Hybrid Cloud Improve Connectivity?

It goes back to the concept of control. By deploying from the hybrid cloud, you can control your IT in a way that improves the latency and reliability of your services. To achieve that control, you need the right hybrid cloud environment.

Colocation Enables Connectivity

Colocation is an important part of the hybrid cloud story, because it’s the best environment to ensure high-quality hybrid cloud connectivity between private and public clouds.

Colocation involves leasing space in a facility from a third-party data centre provider. These providers offer fast, secure interconnections to the top public cloud services, which effectively gives you a fast lane to exchange information between your private and public IT. It’s better than using the public internet, where connections between public and private clouds can suffer from high latency, inconsistent throughput and poor security.

It’s also better than extending your corporate wide area network, which has both scalability and cost issues – especially when you are running high volume workloads and need to connect to multiple clouds.

That’s how colocation helps hybrid cloud deliver on the promise of high-quality connectivity.

At Interxion, we have the highest density of connectivity providers of any European data centre operator, giving our customers unrivalled access to a range of partners across all of our data centre locations. The majority of network carriers are present in at least one of our data centres – if you’d like to find out more about specific carriers, you can request a connectivity list from us.

With more than 700 network carriers to choose from, you have the freedom to pick a supplier based on cost, reliability and reputation. We’ll even help you make your decision. You can find all our colocation data centre specifications in our handy factsheets. Simply head over to our resource library, where you’ll also find information on sustainability, cloud migration and much more.

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