A hybrid cloud refers to an integrated cloud platform that combines public cloud servers with private data centers. Hybrid clouds are fast becoming the implementation of choice for businesses that are seeking to embrace cloud computing. A 2016 survey that asked IT professionals from a range of enterprises about their adoption of cloud computing found that 71% of respondents used a hybrid cloud, up from 58% in 2015. What explains this dramatic growth in the adoption of hybrid clouds, which is projected to rise even further in the future?
The answer largely lies in the fact that a hybrid cloud is able to overcome some of the limitations that come from relying purely on a public cloud service. While businesses gain significant advantages from adopting public cloud facilities, such as acquiring enormous storage space, immense processing power and scalability, there are also drawbacks involved which a hybrid cloud arrangement can help mitigate. Let’s look at a couple of these drawbacks and how they can be circumvented with a hybrid cloud model.