What is Hybrid Cloud Computing

It might surprise some people, as they realize it, that in the future, while everyone uses a ton of technology comfortably, many people couldn’t say how most of it works, or what a lot of technical concepts really are. This is the case with hybrid cloud computing.

What is Cloud:

First, before we talk about hybrid cloud computing, we need to actually get to the root of the term, that being cloud computing. It’s a popular term, and people use cloud technologies to great avail. But, is it just a buzz word? Well, in a sense it is. 

Ok, let’s simplify what this term means. In its purest sense, it’s the use of servers to handle computing and storage, rather than local storage and computing resources. It’s not that new – the original inventors of computing technology expected this to be the logical evolution of it. Back then, computers were hulking massive things, and so bringing computing to homes practically would have demanded it.

Miniaturization slowed that down. But now, the demands of computing being what they are, and the internet being capable of handling the data loads … it’s just practical to do it now. It’s more of a logical step than a requirement.

Why Cloud Helps:

Well, the earliest applications of this as limited original internet was what it was.

But, with the new systems in place that let browsers serve software interfaces, and with connections fast enough to keep the sync steady, we can escape a problem we had with traditional computing.

With the ability to share files over a native-feeling file system via internet, and to collaboratively edit the data in real time over the same connection thanks to SaaS flexibility, business can change significantly.

Now, everyone can access any data from any device, and perform any task over them as well. This removes the need for people to all be present at the same location in order to work together, access secure data and collaborate on anything.


Ok, so what is hybrid, then? Well, basically, in normal scenarios, you just have private or public cloud systems. What these are ought to be obvious.

But, a hybrid business uses them both and interconnects them as a solid, single framework. Most SaaS users are therefore hybrid, using file sharing and collaboration software along with CRM systems, and roping in public analytics and public outreach systems together as a solid force.

Why It Matters:

Well, when you go hybrid, that does bring on some added security concerns, as well as managerial things to bear in mind. We didn’t have time to get into what those may be here, but at least now we know what exactly it is, so when we address those, we know where we’re coming from.


Chances are, you were using hybrid cloud computing without even knowing that was the term for your framework.

The importance of that is that now, when you see topics about hybrid come up, you know it matters to you, and you ought to listen up. This is the problem with terminology – if nobody bothers to speak plainly about what any of it means, then people miss out on very important things.


Omri is the Head of Demand Generation, as well as the Lead Author & Editor of the SaaSAddict Blog. Omri established the SaaSAddict blog to create a source for news and discussion about some of the issues, challenges, news, and ideas relating to SaaS and cloud migration.