Hybrid Cloud Applications — Your Questions, Answered

by | Jan 2, 2019 | Cloud

Hybrid cloud applications are becoming increasingly popular as they combine the scale and flexibility of the public cloud with the security and mission-critical nature of private cloud deployments. Hybrid cloud applications could be an ideal solution for your business needs, and it’s important to have the right cloud infrastructure and integrations in place to support them.

What is a Hybrid Cloud Application?

A hybrid cloud application runs across your public and private cloud instances. It uses data and infrastructure from both to provide a seamless experience to the end user. Some hybrid cloud applications may even bring in data and resources from your on-premise data center, depending on technology needs.

Does the Public Cloud Support Hybrid Cloud Applications?

The public cloud is designed to be fast, responsive, scalable, and available. Hybrid apps can use public cloud apps to provide a front end for your technology so that your apps and data can reach users quickly and easily.
This is particularly important for a location-independent workforce or consumers accessing your app on mobile devices. The public cloud can also accommodate peaks in demand, ensuring there’s enough capacity and resilience to provide highly-responsive hybrid apps at all times.

Does the Private Cloud Support Hybrid Cloud Applications?

A private cloud lets you keep your data and applications more secure than a public cloud environment. Although public clouds are designed to be secure, some businesses prefer to keep mission-critical applications and information in a private cloud or deployed in on-premise technology.
A hybrid cloud application can access this data and present it to end users in a secure way, without compromising the integrity or security of that information.

Does Application Development Take Advantage of Hybrid Cloud Software?

Developing a major, enterprise-grade application can be a long, complex, laborious process. A hybrid app can break down that large app and create distinctive “mini” applications for those key services. This allows for rapid iteration and development, and creates a much more agile development environment, enhancing prototyping and speed to market.

Can a Hybrid Cloud Application Boost Employee Productivity?

As more businesses move towards a mobile-enabled workforce, hybrid apps play a vital role in providing access to legacy systems and data. Older organizations and enterprises store a wealth of vital information in older technology, software, and databases. A hybrid app can integrate with these systems, query that data and present it in a modern, interactive way.

Can a Hybrid Cloud Application Enable Faster Development and Deployment?

Hybrid application development can take advantage of many of the same tools a DevOps team already uses. Many public cloud services will integrate with these tools, allowing for the easy and secure transfer of data, applications, and code that can then be deployed as a hybrid cloud app. The public cloud can also provide development and test environments without placing unnecessary strain on the private cloud.

What Else Is Needed for a Hybrid Cloud Application Besides Public and Private Clouds?

One of the most important factors for a successful hybrid cloud application is a reliable, responsive, secure, and adaptable wide area network. This network will handle the fast and secure transfer of data between the public and private clouds, and is vital to hybrid application performance.
It is also vital that the private cloud is properly configured to integrate and work with the public cloud environment. This may involve additional technology in the data center or private cloud to allow for reliable infrastructure performance across servers, storage, and local networks.
Red8 can help you to meet your hybrid cloud needs. We provide a complete range of public, private, and hybrid cloud solutions, optimized for rapid application deployment. Contact us today to find out how we can give your business the right cloud environment for all your production and development goals.