Four years ago, when the concept of private and hybrid cloud emerged into cloud computing market, technology pundits predicted that these services won’t last, as everything is/will go to the public cloud. But not only this prediction proved wrong in recent times, but the existence of private and hybrid cloud has flourished to many folds in recent years.
So, what made storage users stick to private or hybrid cloud instead of a public cloud?
As soon as companies started to realize that their data growth is reaching Petabytes, they started to think about the costs involved in clinging to the public cloud. Moreover, for companies desiring to have tight security controls, like those belonging to financial sector, public cloud proved as not the best option to consider.
Strategically speaking, when it comes to service fee, public cloud providers rake in billions of dollars, as its usage is too simple. With few mouse clicks, users can activate cloud resources and scale them indefinitely without having to worry about housing or maintaining hardware or developing the in-house expertise to build a cloud on premises.
On a simultaneous note, the role of private and hybrid clouds is also picking up in enterprises. In most cases, businesses are using a mix up of public, private and hybrid cloud as IT departments try to balance security, costs and scalability factors.
Truly speaking, they are three advantages in investing on a private and a hybrid cloud. First it provides a clear use case of public cloud computing. Therefore, specific aspects of existing IT infrastructure can be placed in public cloud environment while the remainder of the IT infrastructure stays on premise.
Secondly, the use of hybrid or private cloud validates the idea that not all IT resources should exist in public clouds, as some resources may never move to public clouds. And that’s due to prevalence of compliance issues, performance requirements and security restrictions.
Finally, using private or hybrid model delivers more flexibility in gaining maximum leverage from computing architecture, considering the fact that we can mix and match the resources between local infrastructure, with infrastructure which is scalable and provision able on demand.
Here the argument against private or hybrid cloud points to large hardware and software investments required and the depth of in-house expertise needed to make it happen.
However, new cloud platforms are addressing this issue in a simple way. All modern cloud platforms address many of the objections to using private or hybrid cloud, and these architectures can work together with public cloud to give enterprises the performance and cost-effectiveness they seek. Therefore, today’s modern day private and hybrid cloud platforms provide the same ease of use as public cloud infrastructure while delivering the flexibility, security, performance and control over many enterprise demands.
Realizing the craze for private and hybrid cloud infrastructure on a prior note, StoneFly, Inc which offers data storage solutions to SMBs as well as large scale enterprises, is offering a private and hybrid cloud services to all of its users.
For backup and advanced disaster recovery needs, StoneFly storage appliance users can opt for automated backup and disaster recovery services to cloud. StoneFly Backup Connect offers an easy and affordable way to store valuable server and workstation backups in cloud. It is compatible with any existing enterprise backup software and offers a hybrid cloud approach. On the other hand, StoneFly Cloud Disaster Recovery service offers online backup solution direct to cloud. Users can retain critical data on-premises and push the rest of the data onto the cloud- again an example of hybrid cloud approach.
StoneFly which is a wholly owned business subsidiary of Dynamic Network Factory also offers Private cloud services. StoneFly Cloud Business Center allows users to easily replicate data from their physical or virtual StoneFly iSCSI and FC SAN appliance onto its platform. By replicating data to StoneFly Cloud Business Center, users can save on capital expenses that come with the purchase of a physical appliance, along with operating expenses such as power and cooling costs. Therefore, Cloud Business Center servers as a private cloud to users and assures that user data is secure and safe against data loss.