Is Hybrid Hosting a Fit for Your Service Offering?

Is Hybrid Hosting a Fit for Your Service Offering?

November 10

There are lots of different types of hosting that companies can use to keep their data secure.

One of the hot topics right now is hybrid hosting.

At a conference last month called InnoTech Austin, Chad Kissinger, founder of OnRamp, a high security and hybrid hosting provider, gave a presentation on “Hybrid Hosting: How to Ensure Data Availability, Security and Compliance in a Blended Environment,” that demonstrated how businesses can address IT security and compliance requirements through a mix of data center services.

“Hybrid hosting offers a distinct set of advantages for companies that need to deploy new applications and capabilities, raise operational efficiency and reduce costs as well as achieve business continuity and disaster recovery goals,” he said in a press release. “However, when deploying a hybrid hosting environment there are several items that need to be taken into account in order to preserve the integrity and security of your data when new platforms and third party vendors are added.”

ZDNet reported that a recent survey by Tech Pro Research found that 37 percent of respondents were using the hybrid cloud, and another 30 percent were considering it.

For those of you interested in exploring this topic, I will attempt to provide a sort of “how-to” to getting started with hybrid hosting.

What is hybrid hosting?

It is an approach that combines dedicated hosting and cloud hosting into one seamless application, according to Peer 1 Hosting.

How does a company know if this concept is right for them?

Peer 1 says this is typically for those who use “scalable web applications, but find that during certain times of day, traffic spikes interrupt the flow of business.

“Combining the two allows businesses to size the physical environment to average loads and minimize hosting costs by shifting peak loads to a utility-priced cloud, incurring costs only when cloud resources are in use,” the company said.

Here are a few more examples:

  • “Your company wants to use a SaaS application but is concerned about security.
  • Your company offers services that are tailored for different vertical markets. You can use a public cloud to interact with the clients but keep their data secured within a private cloud.
  • You can provide public cloud to your customers while using a private cloud for internal IT.”

How can a Managed Service Provider assist in implementing hybrid hosting?

For those considering the next step, Datapipe Inc. said MSPs “offer tools to evaluate existing technologies, better understand cloud provisioning, guide system architecture and monitor performance to oversee ongoing maintenance.”

Is there anything that could go wrong?

I’ve explored the topic of cloud storage in other articles, however, there are just as many articles out there that tout the benefits of a cloud solution.

This isn’t really anything that could go wrong, but Hostway Services Inc. recommends some ways to go if, for example, your managed server needs grow (purchase more hardware), or if your information requires more security (costs could go up as you take on more applications to bridge the gap).

As you consider if hybrid hosting is right for you, hopefully this provided you with some food for thought.

Photo credit: Rachel_thecat via Flickr.