Hybrid Hosting—Combining the scalability & flexibility of the cloud with the security and performance of dedicated hosting.
As businesses of every size rely more and more on their technology infrastructure to provide them with a competitive advantage, cloud computing and related technologies have emerged as potential game-changers. The most intense focus has been on finding ways to leverage cloud computing with minimum disruption to business processes and maximum return on investment. The result has been the rise of hybrid hosting.
What is Hybrid Hosting anyways?
Hybrid hosting, a computing approach that combines components of dedicated hosting and cloud hosting in a single solution, allows businesses to switch seamlessly between dedicated hosted environments and cloud services, or use both simultaneously, as needed. In particular, hybrid hosting solutions recognize that a business will have different sets of requirements for different types of computing needs as well as requirements associated with specific types of applications.
Rather than forcing organizations to select just one platform, hybrid hosting gives businesses access to both, integrating the strengths of each seamlessly, without incurring unnecessary costs and without introducing undesirable complexity.
Common uses for Hybrid Hosting
Among the most significant uses for hybrid hosting is that of scalable web applications. Dedicated servers, including high-performance custom servers for intensive I/O operations such as databases and file access, support predictable loads. Cloud servers allow for bursting during times of peak demand. 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 combined platforms also improve the time to bring additional capacity online, ensuring that applications stay available even when traffic spikes quickly.