Hybrid cloud benefits and use cases
- Hybrid cloud computing enables an enterprise to deploy an on-premises private cloud to host sensitive or critical workloads, and use a third-party public cloud provider to host less-critical resources, such as test and development workloads.
- Hybrid cloud is also particularly valuable for dynamic or highly changeable workloads. For example, a transactional order entry system that experiences significant demand spikes around the holiday season is a good hybrid cloud candidate. The application could run in private cloud, but use cloud bursting to access additional computing resources from a public cloud when computing demands spike.
- Another hybrid cloud use case is big data processing. A company, for example, could use hybrid cloud storage to retain its accumulated business, sales, test and other data, and then run analytical queries in the public cloud, which can scale a Hadoop or other analytics cluster to support demanding distributed computing tasks.
- Hybrid cloud also enables an enterprise to use broader mix of IT services. For example, a business might run a mission-critical workload within a private cloud, but use the database or archival services of a public cloud provider.