There is More Than One Cloud: Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds All Live at Data Realty

Data Realty's Northern Indiana Data Center (Photo: Business Wire)

SOUTH BEND, Ind.--()--The discussion almost always starts the same way.

A business is facing a substantial investment in upgrading IT infrastructure, which is usually caused by equipment nearing the end of its useful life, or because the business is growing beyond the current infrastructure supporting the equipment. In either case, the needed capital investment is high and, when the money has been spent, the organization is again headed down a path to the same upgrade-expansion investment cycle again in a few years.

Increasingly, businesses are looking to “the clouds” to break that cycle. In this case, the cloud is where computing is done, where data lives, connections are made and applications are run.

These types of clouds typically come in three shapes: public, private and hybrid. Experts affiliated with three IT Solutions Providers say the hybrid cloud can be the best solution for businesses considering making the transition away from maintaining their own computing centers.

In particular, the Northern Indiana data center operated by Data Realty is an ideal place to locate clouds. Not only because of the modern and reliable infrastructure; but also, because of their data management and analytics services. Data Realty helps business leaders harness unique data sets to unleash innovation and fuel the economic engine of their companies.

Public, Private & Hybrid Clouds

We’re going to simplify here, but basically, cloud-computing means using resources not owned or maintained by the user. Instead of investing in infrastructure including servers, switches, storage, cooling systems, redundant power supplies and site security, users contract with companies and consultants who provide infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). One benefit is that the user is spared the capital expense of buying, building, and maintaining that infrastructure. Instead, IT becomes an ongoing operations expense and the responsibility for monitoring, supporting, and upgrading falls on the IaaS provider.

The types of clouds – public, private and hybrid – are broadly defined by who uses the computing equipment. In the public cloud, servers and storage computers will host data from many users and each user has access to its own data. In a private cloud, only the user’s data is on the equipment and only the user has access. A hybrid cloud is a combination of the public and private clouds.

For existing companies taking their first steps into the cloud, the hybrid model is the most common choice largely because it is the easiest transition to understand and also makes the most sense operationally.

Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Solutions

What starts an organization down the road to a cloud solution most often is the need to invest in new equipment or infrastructure. With a hybrid solution, the company doesn’t have to throw away the investment in technology that still has value, but it also reaps the benefit from being in a shared infrastructure environment. Businesses deserve the ability to maintain their existing technologies with tools they are already comfortable using. Data Realty believes businesses should not be forced into a box that says ‘You have to use this,’ which occurs in a completely (100%) public cloud solution.

It is important for businesses to have choices in how they operate. Another benefit of locating data at Data Realty is the ability to choose from expert-level cloud solution providers – from private to hybrid.

More and more applications will be located in “the cloud;” however, there are many existing business constraints that don’t allow software users to migrate to public or hybrid clouds. One of the main reasons is the need to adhere to regulatory compliance, where regulatory restraints prohibit storage of sensitive data on a public cloud. By combining public and private clouds into a hybrid solution, businesses are able to meet regulatory requirements protecting sensitive information by keeping that data on private equipment.

By utilizing the Northern Indiana Data Center operated by Data Realty as part of a hybrid solution, cloud providers are able to satisfy one of the key concerns businesses have when moving to the cloud – feeling safe about where corporate data is located. In a fully public solution, data can be anywhere, scattered among data centers across the country. But businesses want to be able to see where their data is located, to see the equipment and know everything is protected rather than wondering how their data is spread out among servers, locations, and people. A hybrid cloud solution offers regulatory compliance and security while giving flexibility to users and eliminating equipment costs for businesses.

Locate Clouds Where Data Lives

Businesses are doing more today than just storing and forgetting about their data until a disaster occurs. Many Data Realty clients are realizing a “Return on Data,” where a former cost center is transformed into a revenue generator via data management and analytics.

Locating data proximate to where data analysis is computed is critical to leveraging data analytics. Data does not exist at just one single point on a network. It is usually spread among different cloud environments, so it is crucial to access the data at high speed on a local area network (LAN). A single algorithm may have to pull from three or more points on the network to provide the most informed insights.

While there are plenty of facilities that simply store data, Data Realty helps bring data to life by uncovering opportunities. Because businesses need to better analyze their data, Data Realty designs data centers and data management & analytics platforms in collaboration with world-renowned data scientists specifically for the analysis of data. Locate where the data lives.

About Data Realty

Data Realty's world-class data centers are designed to enable analytic computation on data sets housed within their secure environment. Through the Hadoop Data Hub and partnership business model, Data Realty delivers unprecedented access to the advanced computing infrastructure, collaborative intellectual environment, and highly skilled technical talent to mid-sized organizations that is normally reserved for large competitors. For more information and to connect, tweet and follow the team, visit Data Realty online at


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Heather Short-Davis


Data Realty LLC
Heather Short-Davis