This is a guest post written and contributed by James Crowley, co-founder and CTO at FundApps, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer that brings cloud based compliance and risk monitoring to the fund industry.
This is a guest post written and contributed by Sunny Dhillon, Technical Operations Manager at Coastal.com, a Rackspace Hybrid Cloud customer and the largest online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses in North America.
We often say that the cloud is for everyone, but not for everything. Between social networks, mobile apps and entertainment, we all use some type of cloud-based service. However, SaaS operators who are anxious to move off of legacy hardware and on to the cloud may find that due to regulatory or industry constraints, parts of their architecture must remain in a dedicated environment. For example, a finance-related service could run its website front end, file storage and test/dev in the cloud, but due to federal regulations, it could be unable to move sensitive customer databases or shopping cart functions to the public cloud. This is a hurdle that prevents many businesses from adopting any type of cloud asset.
This post is part one of a two-part series that examines hybrid hosting, use cases and questions you should ask when considering a hybrid hosting environment. Stay tuned for part two, which will run November 14. For more detailed information on hybrid hosting check out the white paper “Nervous About Cloud? Go Hybrid Instead.”
So far in this blog series, we’ve talked about Hybrid Clouds, some of the benefits that Hybrid architectures can bring to a cloud solution and how these benefits can be realized at Rackspace by using RackConnect™. Last week, we zoomed in on the flexibility hybrid can bring to a small business that may be budget constrained, but still needs to grow at the same time.
At Rackspace, in an effort to ensure that our customers get the most out of what we offer, we constantly work to update and improve the solutions we provide. We’ve recently made a few updates to our RackConnect solution that will help our customers better leverage a hybrid cloud environment.
I’ve seen at least a half-a-dozen different definitions for hybrid cloud. If you forced all of the cloud experts into a room and demanded a clear definition, they would only agree on one thing: hybrid cloud is some combination of dedicated compute resources and shared compute resources. The shared resource refers to a public cloud, while the dedicated resource could be on-premise private cloud, hosted servers, off-premise private cloud, etc, etc, etc… as long as it’s reserved for your use. No matter the combination hybrid cloud delivers the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud without having to sacrifice the performance and security of dedicated equipment.