Hybrid cloud architecture combines on premise resources with single-tenant private cloud access and connectivity to the public cloud, while allowing these different environments to function as one.
In a financial context where secure, private connections are king, trading organisations might keep their voice recordings on premise, while effecting trades on a private network, and carrying out analysis in the public cloud environment.
Financial applications, trade and market data are kept on the private cloud, whilst information processing can take place on the public cloud without the data having to leave the private cloud.
Office and enterprise functionality such as Office 365, Oracle HR, Salesforce and Xero can reside on hyperscale public cloud providers’ networks such as Azure, Oracle, Google or AWS.
From a user’s perspective they are interfacing with a single environment, while the hybrid architecture underpinning it all is knitting multiple environments together.
Hybrid cloud allows for increased flexibility as processes can be moved dynamically across environments according to cost, performance and security needs.
Capital markets operate in the world’s highest grade data centres, which do not have any public internet access. This ensures privacy and security for the most sensitive and mission critical data.
To obtain purely private transits, hybrid cloud architecture bypasses the internet using ethernet fabric switching solutions. This enables connectivity directly to public cloud networks and service providers without touching the internet.
Hybrid cloud architecture enhances performance by locating networks close together. Information transfers immediately and securely between environments.
As financial institutions’ cloud requirements differ, and the migration to ‘cloud first’ environments moves at vastly different paces across the industry, hybrid cloud architecture offers a strategic and flexible approach to digital transformation.
For example, businesses can continue to operate their existing legacy workloads on-premise, while utilising a private or public cloud environment for new workloads.
IT costs can be saved by taking advantage of shared cloud resources rather than investing in further proprietary capacity. Also, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) subscription models associated with private and public cloud provision can help to transform CapEx spend into OpEx.
This can be a useful step in migrating legacy environments.
As specialists in the technical infrastructure underpinning capital markets trading Beeks Group is highly experienced and knowledgeable about all the different permutations of private, public and hybrid cloud capabilities, and how far these are suitable for the needs of financial institutions.
We offer secure, high-performance, guaranteed hybrid cloud infrastructure all around the globe, and can accommodate exclusive, single-tenant security requirements, as well as replication of hosting.
Whilst Beeks recognises the cost-effective value of public cloud shared resources offering businesses cost-effective services, we also recommend a ‘horses for courses’ approach. This means ensuring that our customers align the importance of their workload with the relevant solution. The flexibility of hybrid cloud architecture offers choice without compromising security, privacy or performance.