What is a Hybrid Cloud Model and Why Are So Many Startups Obsessed with It?

Companies have changed their data management strategies dramatically in the past year. Remote work has become increasingly popular thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, leading to companies adopting a hybrid-cloud approach to handling their data. Studies have shown that close to 55% of companies have adopted a hybrid-cloud model. A hybrid model is a model in which half of the data gets processed on-premises while another half gets processed through a cloud server. The biggest benefit for companies that use the hybrid model is the ability to prioritize what goes in the server space that’s on-premises and what goes to the cloud. A hybrid-data model is becoming the go-to for many startups thanks to the cheapness, efficiency, and scalability it offers.

Why should your company adopt a hybrid-cloud model?

For companies that handle highly sensitive data, like in finance, government or healthcare, a hybrid model could be the best solution. A hybrid-cloud model allows companies in these fields to have better security and prioritize sacred information, along with equivalent security infrastructure, on both on-premises servers and cloud servers. 56% of company executives have stated that they wish to have greater control over where their data is stored—meaning companies often adopt this model, unknowingly, through sheer coincidence. While this might sound great, a hybrid-model is far from perfect and the flaws are exacerbated if a hybrid-data model is not integrated properly.

So how do you create a proper hybrid-data model?

Develop a strategy:

Most companies fail to develop a data storing strategy when adopting a hybrid model. Most companies fail to think long-term and have an overall lack of coordination with their higher-ups during the creation process.  Lack of planning can lead to miscommunication between developers and executives based on where specific data should be pipelined in. A lack of planning can lead to a whole slew of problems in the future when it comes time to upgrading the company`s data server or selling the company altogether. A good hybrid strategy is essential in avoiding these mistakes.

Know what tools you will use to develop your hybrid model:

Likewise, in developing a strategy on what data should be transported to your pipelines, you should also know what tools you will use to build and manage everything. Building your software around open tooling that will work across numerous environments created within each pipeline is crucial. Here is an example that relates to a company that needs to scale. As your customer’s size grows and technology evolves, you will need to adapt to keep your server’s performance high. There should be a system in place where you can change your server’s size or the location of your cloud ecosystem on the fly. If you suddenly suggest that the workload performance could be faster if you transport a portion of that data to your private server, you would be screwed if you have not thought of a plan to accommodate that sudden shift. This is a common mistake that can be avoided with a comprehensive hybrid data strategy that accounts for sudden changes in technology.

Know how to implement security:

Now more than ever, security and good data governance are a must when handling your users’ information. A good company always manages its users’ data in high regard so proactively managing the data security is a must. Having a secure identity management system in your server is an important foundation for your company’s data pipeline. An IAM (identity and access management) system for your database is crucial not just for securing data for certain users but also for keeping track of who is accessing your company’s data and when. Setting data security requirements like when should data be encrypted and when it shouldn’t be encrypted is crucial in a hybrid-cloud model.

Conclusion

A hybrid-cloud model is foundational in not just a covid-19 world but a post-covid-19 world as well. Storing data both on and off premises is becoming the norm throughout startups across the world and it will continue to gain steam for years to come. A hybrid-cloud model is far from perfect but, with proper implementation, it can put your company ahead of the rest.

 

Works Cited

https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2020/9/hybrid-cloud-strategy-5-essentials

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/what-is-hybrid-cloud-computing/

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20200528005220/en/

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