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 great 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 a 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 a broader mix of IT services. For example, a business might run a mission-critical workload within a private cloud but use a public cloud provider’s database or archival services.