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Hybrid cloud

Hybrid cloud solutions make the most of features across platforms for a solution that fits your business.

We specialise in designing, implementing and managing your hybrid cloud environment across on-premise, Ricoh private cloud or public cloud platforms.


Managing hybrid cloud services

Our managed IT services are now available as part of our cloud offering. Wherever your workload lives, we provide best-in-class management and support capabilities across all platforms.


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Cloud consulting experts use industry-leading assessment frameworks to:

  1. Boost your business
    Hybrid solutions offer reliability, faster speeds, lower latencies, and higher security than traditional internet
  2. Extend your networks
    Extend your private network to public clouds like Microsoft Azure, Office 365 or AWS to build hybrid environments  
  3. Secure private networks
    Set up a secure private network using VPN or a dedicated connection using Azure ExpressRoute or AWS Direct Connect delivering  
  4. Create cost effective solutions
    Efficient solutions for typical hybrid scenarios, such as data migration, backup and archival, application integration, cloud storage and workload bursting  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Simply speaking, a hybrid cloud is an IT architecture that combines a private cloud with a public cloud. It allows corporate clients to flexibly deploy workloads, applications, and network or storage spaces across two or more environments. In a decentralised computing environment, businesses can quickly scale up new resources and easily move around workloads, thus enhancing business agility. Companies can also choose the best solutions from the same type of service providers, which is more efficient and cost-effective than using a single service provider.

  1. Public Cloud
    A public cloud environment allows the user to store data in the data centre of a third-party cloud service provider. Companies and other customers can share the resources of the data centre. With a public cloud, customers do not have to worry about the operating costs and challenges of maintaining a cloud. They only pay for the cloud services they need.
  2. Private Cloud
    In general, a private cloud is a local IT architecture established and maintained by the organisation that owns it. Today, private cloud systems offer a diversity of possibilities. Third-party cloud service providers can manage and maintain a cloud locally. In addition, in a service provider’s data center, corporate clients can establish their own dedicated private cloud to which other customers have no access.
  1. Flexibility
    In a hybrid cloud environment, companies can connect existing systems with new ones and also pick a cloud combination that best suits their operational and development needs
  2. Lower costs
    A hybrid cloud model allows businesses to store all their mission-critical tasks in a private cloud environment, and the less important applications and data on a public cloud. In the long run, this can help companies reduce the huge amount of resources invested in IT architectures and also lower labour and management costs.
  3. Scalability
    Planning on the deployment and the actual deployment of traditional IT architectures takes much time, and this type of IT architecture is unable to cope with unexpected business development needs. Hybrid cloud solutions allow scaling up or down the resources in accordance with the immediate operational needs of a company. This in turn enables an organisation to respond quickly to market changes.
  4. Security and reliability
    The decentralised IT architecture and mobility of hybrid clouds can effectively reduce the risk of business interruptions caused by accidents or other unexpected incidents. Besides, companies can rely on the specialists and advanced security technologies of their cloud service providers to reduce risks of cyber attacks while fulfilling industry regulations and requirements./li>
  5. Mobility
    A hybrid cloud combines private and public clouds to create an interconnected, consistent computing environment. This way, workloads and data can be moved and run smoothly across different platforms. Managing workloads and data becomes easier, and the risk of business interruptions is reduced.
  1. Hardware cost
    While a hybrid cloud system can help companies lower costs, in order to truly enjoy this advantage, companies need to be able to efficiently allocate cloud computing resources and invest in cloud architectures appropriately.
  2. Compatibility issues
    The technology and specifications adopted by different private cloud architectures or cloud service providers may not be the same. It could be counterproductive if a company uses a hybrid cloud without fully understanding its characteristics and requirements.
  3. Visibility challenge
    The more cloud providers a company utilises, the more complex its operating environment will become, so that the management of a company may fail to get a good grasp of the overall cloud structure and operations. In other words, the company will not be able to take advantage of the hybrid cloud model.


The above issues are not necessarily unavoidable. As long as a company takes into account the characteristics of its industry and its businessmen development needs, and as long as it has the support of a cloud solution consultant who helps conduct detailed assessment, it will be able to formulate a customised digital transformation plan that meets its own needs and truly enjoy the advantages of hybrid cloud solutions.

  1. Test on workloads
    When developing a new application, a company cannot be sure whether the application will be successful or not. If it scale up the hardware package right from the start, it may suffer losses in case the development plan fails. Therefore, companies can consider conducting tests on a public cloud. If it is clear that the related programme can be run steadily, it can be moved to a private cloud. In sum, a hybrid cloud model helps speed up innovation.
  2. Cope with unexpected demands
    In certain industries, businesses are easily affected by seasonal changes and unexpected factors, and so demand for network and computing resources fluctuates from time to time. Hybrid cloud solutions allow companies to handle day-to-day issues in a stable private cloud environment while using a public cloud during high-traffic hours, thus ensuring resources are used effectively.
  3. Data backup and disaster recovery
    Using only a private cloud to back up data is relatively costly and is not in line with the “3+2+1” safe backup principle. A hybrid cloud solution, however, allows companies to store applications and data in different environments, so that in case of unexpected incidents, backup data can be quickly retrieved from another cloud environment, and applications can be activated on the public cloud, so that business operations can continue without interruptions.
  4. Big data analytics
    Companies can store business and sales data on a private cloud, and use the computing resources of a public cloud for big data analytics, get favourable suggestions, improve business performance and capture business opportunities.
  5. Regulatory requirements
    Some industries are regulated by specific laws. By using a hybrid cloud model, companies can store sensitive and mission-critical tasks on a local private cloud and less important workloads on a public cloud, thus making sure all business operations comply with related laws.

 

  1. Finance and insurance
    Deploying different online applications on a public cloud and storing sensitive data on a private cloud can effectively reduce the risk of data leakage while ensuring a company meets related laws.
  2. Logistics
    Establishing a public cloud environment in different countries can minimise delays in addressing the queries of local customers. Besides, during the peak season of the logistics industry, cloud computing resources and network traffic resources can be scaled up quickly to meet any unexpected surge in orders.
  3. Property management
    By using cloud document and file management services, headquarters of property management companies can centrally manage the files of offices of various sites they are in charge of, thus circumventing the costs of managing private storage equipment in different locations and shortening the deployment time.
  4. Building surveying
    Moving an enormous amount of architectural and surveying data to a public cloud can reduce the cost of local data storage. Besides, stored data can be used for artificial intelligence analysis and big data analytics via cloud computing to boost a company’s competitiveness.

 

A hybrid cloud environment allows businesses to use services provided by multiple cloud service providers and get connected with local private clouds, thus ensuring efficient use of resources, simplifying management procedures and reducing costs. Based on the operational characteristics and business development needs of a company, hybrid solution consultants will conduct cloud assessment and then recommend different deployment models to customers. 

  1. Direct migration
    Workloads or stored data are directly transferred to a public cloud from a local server without having to make drastic changes.
  2. Redeployment
    Some companies use IT architectures or applications that are already outmoded and are not compatible with the cloud technology. Professional consultants may suggest these companies to replace or refine their technical equipment, ensuring sure it is compatible with hybrid cloud hardware and meet specific technical requirements.

There are two main ways to connect a private cloud with a public cloud:

  1. VPN connection
    This suits companies that are not particularly demanding of the quality of network connection. This method allows for the quick establishment of an encrypted network connection for a private cloud and a public cloud. The deployment takes only a short time and the cost is relatively low.
  2. Multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)
    This method ensures high-quality and highly reliable network performance. It suits sectors that demand a high level of network stability, such as finance and online shopping platforms. It is also suitable for multinational companies that need to hold high-quality online meetings frequently. MPLS takes a longer time to deploy and is relatively more expensive.


Managed hybrid cloud: the best of both cloud worlds Build a custom solution that utilizes both private cloud and public cloud services.

Organizations should understand that hybrid cloud is not simply about connecting an arbitrary server to a public cloud provider. The private infrastructure must run some kind of cloud services or a cloud management platform for hybrid and private cloud deployments.


Assured security:

A hybrid cloud environment allows the businesses to protect all their mission critical and sensitive data in-house, in a private cloud environment, and the less-sensitive data on a public cloud. The users can instigate and manage the access control methods in order to ensure improved security.

Absolute flexibility:

A hybrid cloud environment lets the organizations customize the policies and rules so that they can protect the underlying infrastructure from any kind of hassles. This ensures the tasks are automatically assigned to private or a public cloud environment according to the exact requirement. Furthermore, it provides additional flexibility to handle the unexpected traffic surges.

On-demand scalability:

A hybrid cloud environment allows the users to scale up or down the resources so that these can respond to the unexpected break-downs and prepare for the occasional trends. This, in turn, helps the organizations achieve their desired profit level and improvise the bottom line, based on the requirements.

Smooth and swift migration:

One of the most significant features of a hybrid cloud environment is that it allows businesses to make use of different types of cloud delivery models based on their exact requirement of the specific applications and websites. Moreover, it also helps them run the different applications across various data centres, cloud models and the colocation facilities. This definitely enables the organizations to shift their ongoing applications and operations from one geographic location to another, based on their personal preferences.