Riptide Software uses a Hybrid Cloud infrastructure addressing the specific regulatory and compliance requirements of U.S. government agencies. Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. This article, part three of a three part series, will address the potential cost savings of using a Hybrid Could environment as an web application hosting solution.
A hybrid cloud combines a public cloud provider, like Amazon Web Services, with a private cloud platform designed for a single organization’s use. Both infrastructures work independently of each other and communicate over an encrypted connection to perform distinct functions. Hybrid Clouds allow an organization to store protected or sensitive data on private, on-premise devices, while still being able to take advantage of the computational resources from the public cloud. The proper use of a hybrid cloud keeps the risk of public data exposure very low.
In two recent articles, we compared and contrasted the benefits of hosting a large web application in-house or in a cloud based environment such as Amazon Web Services. Amazon estimates the cost of a hosting a large web application in their cloud services at $1082 per month, or close to $13,000 a year. As a startup hosting that same environment in a local server closet, the cost is around $19,500 a year. Riptide Software estimates the cost of running a Large Scale Web Application in a properly configured Hybrid Cloud environment to be $900 a month or $10,800 a year.
A Hybrid Cloud must run some type of cloud services platform, such as VMWare VCloud Air, that allows for the quick deployment of workloads to the cloud, and the flexibility to move workloads between on-premises and off-premises environments.
Having an on-premises, private infrastructure greatly reduces access time and latency in comparison to the same workload being accessed in the public cloud. Normal data loads and compute power remain on the on-premise infrastructure, while fail over and high process demand can be handed off to the cloud infrastructure.
Hybrid Cloud as Cost, Scalability, Security and Flexibility.
Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure allows for a company to better control their program spend by keeping development servers on-premise. The ability to leverage the cloud based systems only when needed further reduces the costs of additional on-premise servers. Virtualization of a local development environment reduces the cost of data transfer into and out of the cloud. Deploying the finished application to a cloud-based production environment further controls the total cost of ownership of the application.
A Hybrid Cloud allows an organization to quickly scale up or down, depending on the demands. By segmenting the compute power to the cloud while keeping sensitive data on-premise, a large web application can take advantage of Amazon’s elastic services without impacting the security of the data. Costs can be controlled by only scaling up the elements of the large web application that need to be scaled up.
Many Amazon Machine Images come preconfigured for storage options. By keeping sensitive data on-premise, and limiting access to the data, organizations can take sole responsibility of their security. Further physical security measures can be taken to comply with any regulations the organizations industry may impose on them.
An organization can explore different architectures or server setups by leveraging the full power of the Hybrid Cloud. Infrastructure decisions can be more easily controlled over the limitations of using a predefined public cloud platform. Platforms such as enterprise content management can be fully secured and redefined for security. By using Amazon’s Direct Connect, on-premise printers, scanners, security cameras, and other networked devices can be accessed across the Hybrid Cloud.
Hybrid Cloud environments combine data and services from different cloud-based and on-premise systems to create a single managed computing environment where the private and public services are used together to create value.
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