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If you’ve never heard of or used hybrid hosting, you could be throwing a way a lot of dollars and even more in the cost of lost opportunity. Hybrid hosting is a fantastic way for a business to gain an edge over its competitors in the realm of uptime and availability.

Why use a Hybrid Hosting Solution?

Hybrid hosting takes the more traditional or dedicated hosting implementation and combines it with a cloud hosting solution. Generally a good hybrid hosting solution will allow the server to switch seamlessly between the two different types of servers, thereby allowing the business to have the best of both worlds. The hybrid system has a dedicated server for all of those needs that are immediate and demand a physical server to host types of files or software, and also takes advantage of the cost effectiveness, data protection, and other benefits of using a cloud server. In short, hybrid hosting has the benefits of dedicated hosting and cloud hosting combined.

What is Hybrid Hosting?

To understand the benefits of hybrid hosting, we have to analyze both dedicated servers and cloud servers, and understand what the differences between them are. First we have dedicated servers. Dedicated servers have been around virtually since the beginning of the Internet, and for those who are familiar with the idea of hosting yet unfamiliar with the newest trends may consider all servers to be dedicated servers. Cloud servers are essentially servers that are not specific to one single client, but instead use the laws of collaborative consumption in order to become the most cost-effective hosting option.

Dedicated vs. Cloud

For example, if someone really liked to go swimming, they may end up constructing a swimming pool in their own home or backyard. Doing so may be expensive and time consuming, but once that pool is completed, it is theirs permanently. They needn’t battle with other people or worry about going to a public pool, and the pool is always right there for immediate access. However, the owner of the pool must maintain the pool themselves, or go through the additional expense of hiring a pool boy or maintenance team. A personal or private pool is like dedicated server space.

If, however, someone’s budget was tighter, they might not be able to put an entire pool inside their home or in their backyard. They would be forced to split that cost with other people. They may use a community pool or a public pool, where most of the time they have plenty of room to swim, yet the cost is much less. Also, should a person decide to have a very large pool party, they don’t have to construct their personal swimming pool in order to accommodate potential parties. They can simply use the excess space in the public pool. By the same token, they don’t get to decide who they’re sharing their pool with. It might be one small family that doesn’t take much to keep them happy or it might be a family reunion that needs all of the lifeguards’ and attendants’ attention to keep them happy. A public pool is like cloud server space.

What Hybrid Means

Hybrid computing is the best of both worlds. It gives you dedicated storage space (a personal pool) so that you can always use that space up when you need it. But should there ever come a time when you’re looking to throw a party, or if you ever need to expand or scale the amount of space you need in a server, you can switch over to a cloud solution (public pool) which is ready to accommodate large amounts of data (or numbers of people). The final question is what hybrid means for you and your business. It means reduced costs, higher efficiency, and peace of mind that you’ve gotten the best possible solution for your company’s needs.