The debate between which form of cloud computing to adopt is still a hot topic of discussion. Companies ask: Do I want the benefits of flexibility with the public cloud? Do I want the added security of the private cloud? Why can't I have them both? Good news – you can. Hybrid cloud computing services let you have your cake and eat it, too. The customizable nature of the hybrid cloud is ideal for those who best understand that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to the cloud. Public and private clouds both still have independent benefits, but the personalized advantages of hybrid cloud computing are undeniable.

Benefits of public cloud computing
Public cloud services are usually received over the Internet from a third-party provider. One public cloud computing advantage is that the task of maintenance is put on that third-party vendor rather than the organizations utilizing the cloud, which means organizations will not need as many IT resources on hand.  This not only saves time and effort for users, but it also allows money that would have been spent on IT costs to be allocated elsewhere. Another cost-saving feature of this cloud type is the pay-per-use services. These services allow public cloud computing users to avoid overspending with the ever-changing business demands.

Benefits of private cloud computing
For accessing more sensitive information, some organizations might opt for private cloud services. The distinctive feature of private cloud computing is that the cloud is not shared with any other users besides the determined organization. While this might bring more peace of mind, companies using private cloud computing will usually have to purchase all or some of the software and infrastructure, making it less cost-effective than public cloud computing.

The hybrid solution
Hybrid cloud computing gives users the best of both worlds. Companies can essentially mix and match which platforms and services will be utilized through private cloud computing and which will be used in public. The two clouds exist independently, but they still can communicate to each other. Though the purpose of the private cloud is to support a daily workload, companies still get that pay-per-use element with the public cloud. Again, the constant fluctuations in compute needs demand the availability of extra cloud use. Hybrid solutions allow the public cloud to serve as the cloud backup rather than hosting a private cloud infrastructure that could otherwise go unused.