The Roman Empire wasn’t all bad.  And not just because the Monty Python crew said so.  Despite popular perceptions of the Romans as a culture obsessed with slavery, blood sports and silly hats, they ultimately created one of the most successful societies in recorded history – and one of the reasons for this was their understanding of the value of middle ground.  

When they invaded Britain and discovered the native goddess of wisdom, Sulis, they chose not to simply force their own equivalent goddess Minerva on the Celtic people.  Rather, they merged the two and adopted Sulis Minerva into the culture of Roman Britain, thus occupying the middle ground and satisfying all parties – and at Viastak, we believe that a similar principle is at work in the cloud computing industry, with the growth of hybrid cloud platforms.

The rise of the hybrid cloud is a trend that we expect to accelerate in 2016, because it is a natural progression of the public and private clouds that have dominated the industry thus far.  The hybrid cloud essentially consists of a private cloud actually within the general public cloud; and though Viastak are perfectly capable of constructing any of the three, we completely understand why companies are turning to the “best of both worlds” hybrid cloud to suit their wants and needs.

There are numerous differences between public and private cloud, but we believe the core variants are these: the private cloud offers a bespoke, secure solution to the individual company to house and distribute data, applications and general infrastructure.  A client organisation will invariably play a much greater role in designing the platform when it is private.  The private cloud does, however, limit the possible cost savings for the client, because they maintain the software themselves.  The public cloud can be used to serve the requirements of multiple organisations, and is cheaper and quicker to establish.  Conversely, it is conceivably a less secure option than its private counterpart.  There is also an argument that private clouds can offer a reliability for users, in terms of service availability, which the public platform may lack.

In short, like all 50-50 choices in life, there are pros and cons to each of the two options.  In certain industries the choice may have been clear: the financial sector, for example, depends on highly sensitive data and so will naturally opt for the most secure solution.  For others, however, the choice presented a real dilemma to companies – which perhaps unsurprisingly led to the search for a middle ground solution.  This became known as the hybrid cloud.  Considering every differentiating factor between public and private cloud, we at Viastak consider that the potential of cloud computing, in terms of functionality, is maximised when we are commissioned to spin up a hybrid cloud.  This is because of its value in dynamic companies with a constantly changing workload, since additional applications can be accessed via the public cloud when demand for their use spikes.

We look to combine the cost-efficiency of public cloud with the data security of the private cloud, to address the two issues that our prospective customers usually consider most important when we first talk with them – understandably so.  We take the security of our iFollowOffice desktops extremely seriously and the system is routinely checked and maintained by our technicians to ensure the safety of our data.  We also consider that the question of cost-effectiveness is addressed by our exclusive pay-as-you-go contracts policy, meaning that clients will never find themselves paying for more than what they actually need or use.  As our CEO would say, if we’re relying on terms and conditions to keep our customers, then we’re in the wrong business.

The hybrid cloud occupies the liminal ground between public and private cloud, crafting a private platform within the wider public one, deriving the most favourable characteristics of both to create the Sulis Minerva of cloud platforms.  We ensure the most efficient way of delivering services and applications in the hybrid cloud, thus delivering a cost-effective technical strategy while maintaining data security.  It is no surprise, for this reason, that many reputable sources – including the 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey, the subject of our previous blog – predict that the growth of hybrid cloud will spike this year.  It takes two effective platforms, and merges the best parts of both.  Common sense.

Topics: Workplace Technologists

Oliver Kiddell

Written by Oliver Kiddell

Oliver Kiddell, Author at Viastak Technologists.