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What is Hybrid Cloud Computing?

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Cloud computing allows organizations to access computing services as a pay-as-you-go service rather than purchasing, managing, and maintaining physical hardware on-premises. Cloud computing encapsulates everything from compute, storage, and data protection to networking, databases, and analytics. One of the greatest benefits of cloud computing is how it enables enterprises to scale their technology needs up and down as needed extremely quickly without significant CapEx or lengthy time commitments.

Hybrid clouds take this a step further by offering a hybrid cloud computing solution made up of two or more cloud infrastructures containing both public and private cloud environments, making resource management across cloud infrastructure more streamlined.

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Hybrid cloud technology is a combination of public, private, and edge cloud resources that organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure for performance, cost, scalability, and security. By leveraging the strengths of each type of cloud resource, businesses can tailor their computing environments to fit specific operational needs, seamlessly move workloads based on demand, and maintain stricter control over sensitive data while still benefiting from the expansive capabilities of public cloud offerings.

The hybrid cloud computing model is gaining popularity among enterprises as it offers the flexibility of aligning IT resources with the needs of specific workloads. Public clouds offer scalability and access to advanced technologies like real-time analytics and machine learning, while private clouds are preferred for applications where security, data locality, and low latency are critical. Edge cloud solutions decentralize and distribute processing tasks, reducing costs and providing low-latency experiences.

Hybrid cloud storage is an essential part of this infrastructure, enabling IT teams to manage storage requirements over public and private cloud infrastructure more efficiently. Dell Technologies provides a range of hybrid cloud storage solutions that offer consistency, resiliency, and efficiency for evolving workloads.

Dell APEX offers a solution – a suite of hybrid cloud solutions that use the expertise of Dell Technologies to deliver a consistent management experience across a hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Achieving a Consistent Hybrid Cloud Experience

As enterprises adopt cloud technology, internal teams often prefer different cloud options that are aligned with their needs and objectives. Some lobby for the highly elastic infrastructure of public clouds, which enable quick provisioning of services, dynamic scaling of resources, rapid application development, and access to next-generation, cloud-native technologies like real-time cloud analytics, blockchain and serverless computing. Other teams prefer a private cloud infrastructure to accommodate applications with specific performance and latency requirements, satisfy security and compliance needs, or fulfill location requirements related to data sovereignty regulations.

The inevitable result of this on-premises vs cloud debate is that organizations frequently adopt multiple public cloud solutions and while also investing in private cloud infrastructure. This creates a multicloud environment intended to meet all needs. Ideally, this multicloud model should enable applications to run on the cloud that is best suited to the needs of the workload.

But every cloud solution has its own set of tools and processes, requiring different skill sets and training. As administrators toggle back and forth between cloud platforms, the enterprise can experience a loss of productivity, additional management costs and greater exposure to risk. This is why hybrid cloud model strategies are becoming more popular at the enterprise level as a way of cutting through confusing, redundant, and often—insecure—systems.

To continue to reap the benefits of multicloud environments, organizations need a solution that can provide a more consistent hybrid cloud management and operational experience. That’s where Dell APEX can help.

Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Environment

Hybrid cloud environments are becoming increasingly popular as they provide a consistent management experience across all clouds, enabling enterprises to align cloud resources with business and application needs. Here are some of the key benefits of consistent hybrid cloud environments:
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Drive efficiency and agility:

A consistent hybrid cloud management experience allows handling different toolsets, platforms, security postures, and operational silos from a single web interface, enhancing efficiency and agility.
Accelerate innovation:

Consistent hybrid cloud environments enable developers to build applications for one environment rather than many, providing solutions for simplified migration that get IT systems up and running quickly.
Optimize Total Cost of Ownership (TCO):

With the right hybrid cloud computing solution, IT teams can choose the most cost-effective mix of public, private, and edge cloud resources, optimizing TCO with flexible pricing models.
Align IT skillsets:

Hybrid cloud environments with consistent management features enable IT teams to work with a familiar toolset, improving productivity and mitigating performance issues.
Enforce security:

A consistent hybrid cloud infrastructure makes it easy to enforce policies across all cloud resources, minimizing the attack surface and maintaining visibility and control over data and applications.

Hybrid Cloud Modeling without the Chaos

Dell APEX uses the power of the Dell infrastructure to make hybrid cloud environments easier to manage. With a robust hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platform, a cloud management/orchestration tool and full stack integration, this offering from Dell Technologies vastly simplifies deployment and lifecycle management of hybrid cloud deployments.

With Dell APEX, enterprises can:

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