The Pros and Cons of Hybrid Cloud Computing


If you’re looking for more stability and security for your network, you’ve likely thought about a hybrid cloud computing model.

More importantly, you may be wondering how cost-effective making the switch can be over the long run, and what possible issues could keep you from getting the most out of it.

This article will explore the pros and cons of a hybrid cloud model at a broad level. However, if you want to go into greater detail you can always click the following link to see some sourcing solutions from Upstack and take a deeper dive.

The Pros of Hybrid Cloud Computing

If you’re even reading this blog, chances are very good that you don’t believe it’s viable for your applications to be based solely in the public cloud. You’re looking for more speed, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness from your data architecture.

You might consider, for example, cloud bursting within your would-be hybrid model. Your application would be hosted and operated within a data center or a private cloud until you reach a certain threshold. Your applications would then “burst” through to the public cloud.

You’re now cutting costs by only paying for this service when it’s required, while you bypass the public Internet via direct connections.

Aside from these cost benefits, other pros include:

  • The flexibility of public clouds, without sacrificing the security or control that private clouds offer
  • The elasticity to prevent overloads, using the bursting method we just discussed
  • The control of no longer having to go through an external cloud service provider to launch applications.
  • The coverage required to reach regional data sovereignty and compliance demands. You can host data according to your market and regulatory requirements, and change them as they evolve

The Cons of Hybrid Cloud Computing

The only real negative to the move towards this model is having to adapt internally, while potentially bringing in more specialists.

You will need to rely heavily on a network engineer with experience designing and implementing hybrid cloud solutions. They will be crucial in assuring you get the most out of the hybrid model.

At the same time, hybrid cloud topology is incredibly multifaceted and you need to consider security and latency between each layer and ensure reliable and fast connectivity between your public and private clouds.

Also, outside of your IT and networking team, other departments will be affected by this switch. For example, your finance team needs to expect invoices from a number of providers. This means they need to be ready for more policies to understand and more invoices to process every month, and not always in a static or predictable fashion.

This might make it more difficult to track the actual operating costs, or find the actual return on investment.

As we said earlier, this is just a broad look at what this change could mean for your company. This is obviously a massive undertaking and extensive research is required to make an informed decision.

We hope you’ve found this helpful and would love to speak to you in greater detail if you like.