Curious about hybrid cloud solutions? You’re not alone.
82 percent of polled enterprises either have deployed or are looking to deploy a hybrid storage strategy, compared to 9 percent of organizations that use or plan to use a single public cloud. Only 6 percent use or are searching for a single private cloud solution. So only a mere 3 percent of enterprises aren’t planning to use the cloud. The clear takeaway here is that we live in an overwhelmingly cloud-based world.
Why is the cloud becoming such a popular option? A majority of these respondents cited faster access to infrastructure and greater scalability as the main reasons they choose cloud storage.
85 percent of surveyed IT professionals consider a hybrid cloud to be the most ideal operating model. Hybrid cloud systems are growing in popularity– and rightfully so. They are affordable, scalable, easily foster big data analytics, and make for low latency in data usage and retrieval. But do they protect your data– are they secure?
How can you ensure that your entire system is secure when you choose a hybrid storage solution? Here’s the scoop about hybrid cloud storage.
Hybrid cloud storage takes the strengths of both the public and private cloud systems and combines them into one unique solution. What are some of the benefits of hybrid cloud storage?
With a hybrid storage solution, you pay for what you need. You get the benefits of a private cloud and only pay for public cloud storage space as needed. And what’s the kicker? It’s all secure.
Many organizations are drawn to a public cloud because of the innate security offered for their most sensitive data. A private cloud hosts your infrastructure behind a firewall, oftentimes within your intranet, sharing nothing with other companies. Private clouds allow for additional security options and data recovery. Organizations with an existing data center like an intranet will be able to use this data center to host their private cloud when they shift to a private cloud.
But other things to consider about using an entirely private cloud? Maintenance and updates typically fall to someone on your team, which requires time, effort, and funds to handle. Additionally, as servers age and need to be upgraded, this can become an expensive endeavor if your entire enterprise is hosted on its own private cloud.
Inherently, private clouds are optimized for security, and that’s by design. However, they can also be pricey. A private cloud is hard to sustain for an entire enterprise, both in function and finance. While the security features are fantastic, it’s just not a feasible, sustainable option for many businesses that need large-scale data storage.
Public clouds are often misunderstood, and as a result, some lose out on the power, scalability of a public cloud, for fear of cyberattacks and vulnerabilities. These concerns probably arise from the use of the word “public,” but a public cloud doesn’t mean your data is just sitting out in the open for everyone to see. Public clouds are secure clouds too.
Oftentimes, a public cloud is actually much more secure than older, on-premises security options used by many organizations today. Think about it: Public cloud hosts want you to have continued trust in their product. This means they have entire teams dedicated to ensuring the security of the data you choose to store in your public cloud.
It’s important to remember that when you store data in a public cloud, you gain the skill, knowledge of an entire team of security experts. Public clouds approach security with a team of specialized staff members, automated processes, and set disciplines, all designed to keep your data safe from cyberattacks.
Public cloud providers spend all kinds of time and resources to make security a core part of the architecture of your storage platform. This means that even the information you store in your public cloud is secure too.
Rather than the viewpoint that hybrid clouds keep only some of your data secure, think of it this way:
Hybrid cloud models keep all of your data incredibly secure, working to ensure that your most sensitive data is even more secure.
Don’t be thrown by the phrases “public” and “private.” A public cloud is designed to keep your information private. You can trust a hybrid cloud.
Hybrid cloud storage can provide an added layer of security when you collaborate with other organizations. For example, if you are working with an outside partner, you can easily share information with them via your public cloud. There’s no need to allow them access to your private cloud. Why would you put your enterprise at risk? You can store confidential data in your private cloud, and share everything else with your collaborators with no added risk.
Creating a hybrid cloud structure that is as secure as it is functional is always the goal, but this can feel challenging. As it stands, inexperience with cloud resources and concerns about security are two of the biggest challenges to enterprise cloud adoption. Your data has to remain continuously available to you– but not available to harmful outside sources.
Palmiq All-Flash Arrays can encrypt data at rest to protect against data theft, with audit-ready capabilities and governance of your storage pool. How else can this all-flash array keep your data secure? With business continuance. In the event of a natural disaster, fire, or flood, a Palmiq All-Flash array can keep your data going, securely protected off-site so that operations can resume when disaster strikes. This way, your hybrid cloud is secure from intruders and other harmful threats to your enterprise.
Hybrid cloud models are designed to combine all the benefits of private cloud storage with the scalability of public clouds at an optimum price. It’s a delicate balance, catered entirely to your needs. At Palmiq, we have mastered finding the perfect balance of public and private for hybrid cloud storage.