A hybrid cloud is an integrated cloud service utilizing both private and public clouds to perform distinct functions within the same organization. Today many organizations are increasingly turning to hybrid clouds to combine the benefits of building private and public clouds as well as leveraging existing IT infrastructure to cut costs, maximize value and modernize the way IT services are delivered. All cloud computing services should offer certain efficiencies to differing degrees but public cloud services are likely to be more cost efficient and scalable than private clouds.
Therefore, an organization can maximize their efficiencies by employing public cloud services for all non-sensitive operations and data, only relying on a private cloud where they require it and ensuring that all of their platforms are seamlessly integrated and secure.
For example, an enterprise can implement hybrid cloud hosting to host their e-commerce website within a private cloud, where it is secure and scalable, but their brochure site in a public cloud, where it is more cost effective (and security is less of a concern). Alternatively, the Lattelecom Cloud IaaS offering can be used, to follow the hybrid cloud model and provide storage for client data within a private cloud, but then allow collaboration on project planning documents in the public cloud – where they can be accessed by multiple users from any convenient location.