What is Hybrid Cloud and Does Your Business Need It?

What is Hybrid Cloud and Does Your Business Need It?

You’ve heard of the cloud, you felt like you were getting a good handle on the cloud – and then someone mentioned the hybrid cloud. Feeling like a fish out of water, you nodded along agreeing with all their points. Wasn’t the cloud just that place that held all your data? What makes it hybrid? And is your business falling behind without a hybrid setup? Platform 24 will answer your pressing cloud questions – namely what is the hybrid cloud?

What on earth is a hybrid cloud?

Before we explain the hybrid, let’s explain the two cloud types. There is the public cloud which is hosted off-premises by major brands. This is the cloud most people are familiar with and use in their personal lives. Then there is the private cloud which is hosted on-premises and businesses invest in their own hardware to keep their data secure.

A hybrid cloud combines both the public and private clouds to provide a flexible, scalable and cost-efficient service to businesses of any size. You can decide which files or data are on which cloud and move them as often as you like.

5 Benefits to a hybrid cloud

  1. Access for remote workforce

The public portion of your cloud provides easy and secure access to remote workforces in any location. As more businesses embrace flexible working, this helps improve productivity.

  1. Privacy

The private portion allows you to keep any top secret data close to home. You can setup password protections or user authorisations to ensure the private hosting is only accessible to certain employees.

  1. Scalability

With your private hosting a bigger hardware network is required, but on the public cloud you can simply buy a bigger portion of their pie. This provides simple, affordable scalability that is ready to use almost instantly.

  1. Cost-effective

The hardware for hosting a private cloud can become expensive. To minimise these costs, you can only house the core, critical data with a private network and outsource the remaining onto a cost-effective public cloud.

  1. Flexibility

You can move data between the clouds as often as you choose, maximising cost-efficiency and space on your private cloud by subsidising it with a public one.

Platform 24 are the pros when it comes to IT clouds

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Platform 24 hybrid cloud. You can quit the cloud watching with a hybrid setup from our team. We’ll build a flexible, cost-effective cloud solution that is tailored to your business. Plus, we’ll keep it up to date and secure so that all you need to worry about is which data goes on which cloud. Call us on 1300 60 24 80 or send a message online to get started.

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