A hybrid cloud network securely connects public and private clouds, allowing organizations to gain the benefit from both cloud models.
Hybrid cloud environments combine infrastructure from the public cloud, such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, or the Google Cloud Platform, with an organization’s private cloud or data center, allowing organizations to choose the right computing model for specific applications, data, and workloads. The primary advantage of a hybrid cloud is agility: Organizations can scale compute resources up and down according to need, and choose where workloads are processed based on requirements for data security and workload sensitivity.
As a general concept, cloud computing refers to the delivery of computing services, including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, and analytics, over the secure networks and can take multiple forms, including public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.
Hybrid cloud refers to the combination of public and private cloud environments, which are connected through a dedicated secured network. Hybrid cloud offers benefits such as improved security, data protection, and more flexible operations. Organizations can migrate and manage workloads between cloud environments to optimize processing flexibility, cost, and control based on specific business or regulatory requirements. A hybrid cloud can also be used as part of a disaster recovery strategy, or to dynamically scale out capacity based on performance conditions (“bursting”).
The hybrid cloud can also help deliver faster innovation. Organizations can use public cloud resources to speed up development of new apps, or make use of the latest technologies such as AI or machine learning, without having to invest in new hardware infrastructure.
However, hybrid cloud environments are more complex than traditional IT infrastructures and integrating and managing different cloud platforms, on-premises infrastructure, and third-party services require specialized skills and expertise.
A hybrid cloud network combines two or more distinct cloud computing environments, such as a public cloud, private cloud, or on-premises infrastructure, into a single, cohesive system.
A hybrid cloud network allows organizations to leverage the advantages of different cloud deployment models, such as the scalability and cost-effectiveness of public cloud services, while also maintaining control over critical data and applications in their private cloud or on-premises infrastructure. By integrating these environments, organizations can create a more flexible, agile, and resilient network that can adapt to changing business needs and market conditions.
Tight integration is the key to a successful hybrid cloud network. In a hybrid cloud network, the public and private cloud environments are connected through a secure and dedicated network, enabling seamless communication and data transfer between them. Interconnectivity between environments is typically established using a local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), and application programming interfaces (APIs). This allows organizations to move workloads and data between environments as needed, providing greater agility and cost efficiency.
Virtualization is a key technology for the deployment and management of hybrid cloud networks. Virtualization allows organizations to abstract and virtualize physical infrastructure resources, such as servers, storage, and networking, into virtual machines (VMs) or containers that can be easily managed, migrated, and replicated across different cloud environments.
The architecture of a hybrid cloud network may vary depending on the specific needs and goals of an organization, but typically includes the following components.
A hybrid cloud network allows organizations to leverage the advantages of different cloud deployment models to offer the following benefits:
While hybrid cloud networking offers many benefits, potential disadvantages include:
Designing and implementing a hybrid cloud network requires careful consideration of multiple factors, as well as a thorough understanding of the organization's current and future needs and resources. Each of the following elements should be discussed and examined while developing a hybrid cloud network strategy.
Organizations can ensure that their hybrid cloud network is secure and protected against threats and vulnerabilities by taking the following steps.
F5 products and services can help organizations address key networking, security, and application performance challenges in a hybrid cloud environment. By leveraging F5 solutions, organizations can provide simple and secure connectivity across their hybrid cloud network, ensure consistent application performance, and manage network traffic across multiple cloud environments and multiple cloud providers.