Depending on your definition of hybrid cloud, you may be on the same page as your cloud provider or you might be very disappointed at what’s under the hood. To some, hybrid cloud is just another marketing term because in a lot of ways it doesn’t exist while at the same time it does. Are you confused yet? Let me explain.
By most IT professionals’ definitions, hybrid cloud is explained as an integrated cloud service which uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party, public cloud services, designed for use by a single organization. This combination of cloud environments operate independently of each other while communicating over an encrypted connection. By employing public cloud services for non-sensitive operation and private cloud services for storing protected or privileged data, hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options.
So why do some see hybrid cloud as just another marketing term? Despite how big the cloud has become, to date we still have a very loose industry standard for what the term “cloud” actually entails. By default, the industry standard for hybrid cloud is even worse. All hybrid cloud really means is that I have data in a cloud and I have data on-premise, and I have some way of linking the two together. The data could just be business information or it could be computer power, but it needs to reside somewhere. What a lot of us think of when refer to hybrid cloud is that we are treating and managing that cloud in the same way that we deal with on-premise. While the link between the two doesn’t have to be seamless, there needs to be something that ties them together in a meaningful way. This is where problems arise.
The problem in terms of practice versus concept is the link between the cloud and on-premise, and how we manage each. For example, I could use a third-party cloud service but it may be completely different from how I manage my on-premise infrastructure. Currently there is no meaningful link between how I access my data, how I manage my data and more importantly, how I stay within my compliance regulations. I may have requirements such as encryption and availability that I have to meet for my regulatory compliance that tells me how I am supposed to handle and manage all of my data. When using a third-party cloud provider, they may have their own set of regulatory compliance that doesn’t necessarily line up with my regulations. So how do I know what is under the hood of my hybrid cloud?
Key Information Systems uses open standards to eliminate the aforementioned issues when deploying our hybrid cloud to customers. Integrating a set of open standards into a client’s network helps establish a link between that client’s site and a cloud environment, with the idea being that they are able to treat that cloud as an extension of their own network. This opens up the possibility to move applications around to more environments much more seamlessly than ever before. Our main goal is to have clients maintain control of their information, their data and their systems. With open standards, KeyInfo does not lock clients out of their data; we can manage how systems are provisioned, manage access to data that is needed and configure aspects of the environment. In addition to open standards, KeyInfo is able to leverage our partner relationship with manufacturers, allowing us to see what is around the corner and integrate those changes ahead of time. Open standards and our partner relationship has allowed us to deploy a hybrid cloud that is much faster and more flexible, with much less red tape.
For more information on Key Information Systems’ hybrid cloud visit us at www.keyinfo.com/hybrid-cloud-architecture/.
Author: Drew W.
Key Information Systems