Hybrid Cloud Solutions

Storcom’s hybrid cloud solutions fit your specific IT needs

Storcom is Chicagoland’s premier hybrid cloud computing expert

Storcom’s hybrid cloud solutions can be custom-tailored to suit your organization’s needs. As defined, a “hybrid cloud” combines two or more platforms that include on-prem infrastructure, third-party public cloud services like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure®, Google Cloud Platform, or VMware vClouds to give you better security, control, and performance for your data and applications. “Hybrid cloud” should not be confused with “hybrid IT.”

Cloud computing has radically changed the fundamentals of today’s IT landscape. Virtualization has made it possible for organizations to not confine their data and IT operations to private data centers, and multiple service platforms have enabled data and applications to be located in public clouds which can be accessed anywhere across the globe at a given point in time.


With apps and data spanning multiple clouds and data centers, it’s no small feat to securely connect disparate environments and drive network efficiencies.

Securely connect from your Storcom-dedicated hosting environment to other data center locations and the private and public clouds of your choice, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure®, OpenStack®, VMware®, and Google Cloud Platform®. For the ultimate in multi-cloud flexibility, let Storcom build and manage your hybrid cloud environment.

Why Choose Storcom’s Hybrid Cloud Solutions?

With Storcom, you can rest easy that scalability and security will be in the forefront of our minds in planning your hybrid cloud computing environment. Many organizations do not plan for the future in the Cloud, and that can be problematic for the security of your hybrid cloud. Having a hybrid cloud security strategy is paramount to ensuring that your security procedures, practices, and tools will be scaleable for growth. Building security architecture at the onset of hybrid cloud adoption will enable it to grow alongside your other infrastructure resources.

Storcom vets and tests all security tools in order to understand their scalability in the Cloud so they are ready should explosive cloud growth occur. Since IT security tools are becoming more and more interconnected, it’s important to have an expert in Storcom who understands that having a scalability issue in one aspect of IT security can affect an entire network.

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Cloud Migration Strategy for Logistics Company

Public/Private Cloud Migration Strategy for Chicago-based Logistics Company.

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Secure Private Cloud Management for Investment Firm

Managed Secure Private Cloud for Chicago-based Non-Profit Financial Investment Firm Within Storcom’s Data Center.

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Cloud Management for Auto Insurance Company

Managed a Secure Private Cloud as well as Public Cloud Resources for an Illinois-based Specialty Auto Insurance Company Writing Policies in 5 States.

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Microsoft Azure Cloud Resources Management for Law Firm

Managed Microsoft Azure Cloud Resources and File Shares for Chicago-based Law Firm Specializing in Aviation Law.

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Why Choose Storcom for Your Hybrid Cloud Computing Projects?

Best-Fit Solutions

Run workloads where they perform best. Combine dedicated servers, private clouds, and public clouds to create your ideal cloud environment.

Multi-Cloud Scalability

Build an agile, multi-cloud network of your preferred clouds. Storcom will connect them, and you can focus on using the clouds to scale your business.

Secure Connectivity

Protect your cloud with Storcom’s dedicated single-tenant security solutions. Securely connect your environments using an encrypted VPN tunnel or by completely bypassing the internet.

Maximize Efficiencies

Size your dedicated environment based on your average capacity requirements, and use a pay-as-you-go cloud to handle peak traffic needs.

Notable Information on Storcom's for Hybrid Cloud Migration Solutions

A hybrid cloud environment can be extremely beneficial for your organization when using Storcom’s experts and resources. Storcom’s Cloud Enablement Roadmap™ will ensure that compatibility is addressed so that your hybrid cloud environment performs with both public and private infrastructure.

Storcom understands that adhering to data regulations are a major source of headaches for organizations, so we can ensure that your cloud setup will comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Storcom wants to enable your data and applications to be where you want, whenever you want to use them.

Companies that want to maximize the benefits of private and public cloud environments are beneficial for organizations who want to minimize concerns of the lack of privacy and control when going to fully public IT infrastructure. Adopting a hybrid cloud deployment with Storcom increases versatility and responsiveness, and we have a leading cloud migration strategy for many companies who want creative and sound solutions to their cloud computing and overall IT needs.

If your company does not have the internal resources to plan, deploy, and run a cloud environment, then Storcom can help. After a cloud migration, if your organization does not have the capacity to manage your hybrid cloud, then Storcom can act as an extension of your IT department with our managed services offerings. As a trusted managed services provider, Storcom can mitigate the challenges your organization faces in adopting a hybrid cloud. We have years of experience working with billing charges and complex SLAs, so we handle the headaches while you reap the benefits.

The main advantages of utilizing a hybrid cloud model

The five major advantages of a hybrid cloud are:

  • Control
  • Speed
  • Security
  • Agility
  • Cost

Notable Disadvantages of a Hybrid Cloud

  • The main disadvantage of a hybrid cloud is the initial cost of deployment. While the long-term cost savings should outweigh the IT capital in the onset of migration, specific hardware is required on-premises and that can be a major portion of the budget allotted for adopting a hybrid cloud solution.
  • Cloud compatibility can become problematic if not chosen correctly in the onset of the adoption. Infrastructures need to be compatible in order for on-prem to be able to perform with sometimes slow public infrastructure which can cause a hybrid cloud’s performance to suffer as a result.
  • Hybrid clouds are incredibly secure; however, it is necessary that preventative steps are taken by IT solution providers like Storcom to ensure the maximum security of a company’s data. There are organizations who do not choose to store data at an off-site location, and that will make a hybrid cloud environment inaccessible to a public cloud.
  • Finding In-House Cloud Talent
    Since public cloud technology is still relatively new, finding talent to run Azure or AWS can be challenging to find. If you have not already hired a team of public cloud experts, then you may spend a lot of money and time in training your employees to manage your public cloud.

How does a Hybrid Cloud Effect Cost

Adopting a hybrid cloud solution may initially increase IT spend; however, migrating to a hybrid cloud environment can significantly lower IT costs in the long term. Increased scalability in a hybrid cloud vs. a purely private cloud, which can be extremely costly over time to expand and update, is a benefit which can outweigh an initial cost outlay.

In addition, companies mitigate soaring migration costs when assets are moved from one cloud provider to another by storing their private data in the private portion of a hybrid cloud. Egress and termination fees to leave a public cloud out of a public cloud can be extremely expensive. Public cloud providers are not required to return a customer’s data in a format that’s even usable, and this poses an incredible obstacle in order to migrate to a different cloud. Since critical data is always retained in a private cloud, customers always have the control and flexibility to move from one public provider to another. That being said, significant cost savings are achieved in the long run.

The deployment of a hybrid cloud environment benefits organizations of all sizes. The Cloud is not solely for large enterprises anymore. As hybrid cloud environments have been implemented, the companies who use them have seen the benefits of the power and versatility of a public cloud and the control and security of the private cloud. It is hotly debated that the cost of hybrid cloud environments will decrease with increased adoption. Technology trends show that increased usership often drives the price of technology down. We believe this will be the case with hybrid cloud architecture in the near future.

Hybrid Cloud Solutions FAQS

Learn more about hybrid cloud solutions with Storcom’s comprehensive library of definitions and Frequently Asked Questions.


What are the benefits of using a public cloud?

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The main benefits of public cloud platform are:

  • Reducing the need for organizations to maintain their own costly on-premises IT resources
  • Scalability to meet user needs and workloads
  • Less wasted resources since customers only pay for what they use

How Do I Mitigate Challenges of Deploying a Hybrid Cloud Environment?

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Creating a hybrid cloud migration strategy as part of your IT infrastructure is your first step to mitigating hybrid cloud migration challenges. Not all public clouds are created equal, so it is important to decide which public cloud provider is best for your organization. Having a strong grasp on your data and processes will help enable your cloud integration to go more smoothly.

Also, it is important to note that the majority of successful cloud migrations aren’t typically completed in a single effort or project. It is wise to implement smaller projects with the end goal of a hybrid environment. Your company may benefit from building a limited hybrid cloud model in order to support specific workloads, and then build out additional services as your efforts in a hybrid cloud initiative show the benefits and value to your business and stakeholders.


How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Agility?

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Private networks are costly to build, maintain, and expand. As a result, they limit a company’s agility to take advantage of new technologies and opportunities. Hybrid clouds enables companies to reap the benefits of both a public and private cloud. Business-critical data, applications, and operations can remain in a private cloud environment. The power of cloud computing can be leveraged in a public cloud environment. Public cloud computing resources increase a business’ scalability and agility. This is done by facilitating the ability to develop new applications. Cloud computing also runs analytics that would have been beyond the scope of a smaller organization with only a few servers to utilize. Hybrid clouds level the playing fields for companies of all sizes to compete with competitors who are more established. Rapid growth is now possible.


How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Security?

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Security in a hybrid cloud model is increased when organizations leverage both the security of a private cloud and the speed and services of a private cloud. Although public cloud providers go to great lengths to protect the data of their clients, a public cloud is inherently more open and vulnerable than a private cloud or internal networks. This makes organizations more susceptible to cyber and ransomware attacks and other forms of data leakage. Occasionally, a public cloud is just too risky for some companies. A hybrid cloud model makes more sense in these cases since data can be protected in a private cloud and a public cloud can be used for power and resources.


How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Speed?

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A major advantage of hybrid cloud architecture is speed. While a multi-cloud or purely public cloud environment might be inherently faster than a hybrid cloud environment, IT staff is able to reduce latency and can optimize their network to make sure data is where it needs to be.

Hybrid cloud environments leverage edge computing architectures to further increase speed and locate crucial data and applications for its end users. Private portions of a hybrid cloud can be configured to be more purpose built to maximize resources and enable users to work faster and ultimately be more productive. Organizations can offload non-critical operations to a public cloud and configure their network to handle solely critical traffic.


How does a Hybrid Cloud Increase Control?

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A key benefit of a hybrid cloud solution is increased control for IT personnel. Companies can customize their private data and applications to a hybrid cloud architecture model in order to adjust their IT infrastructure to their needs. Increased control post-hybrid cloud migration is achieved when internal IT staff retains the ability to manage critical operations and IT infrastructure like servers and hardware.

Having control over IT assets in a responsive hybrid cloud architecture model is advantageous for organizations who want responsiveness in their cloud environments. Today’s fast-changing IT landscape has companies making changes frequently and adjusting and reconfiguring their cloud environments. Vital data assets need to be protected during those changes in order to have minimal disruption. Companies also need to be prepared for changes in their cloud provider’s SLAs and sudden loss of services.


What is a Hybrid Cloud?

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Put simply, a “hybrid cloud” is a cloud computing strategy which enables companies to combine different cloud environments that are connected to each other. These cloud environments can be private or third-party clouds, public clouds, virtualized infrastructures, or a mixture of on-premises and cloud computing environments.

Hybrid clouds are configured to operate independently of each other, and data that is shared across the communication channels is highly encrypted. Hybrid clouds are incredibly stable since a company’s critical data and workloads are stored in the private cloud.


What are the Benefits of Using a Private Cloud?

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Companies gain flexibility, control of benefits, guaranteed availability of resources, exceptionally strong security and regulatory compliance, and cost savings when utilizing a private cloud. Storcom’s private cloud leverages best-in-breed technology to ensure that your critical data is accessible whenever and wherever you need it.


What are the Advantages of Using a Hybrid Cloud?

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The hybrid cloud allows for maximized IT utility, resilience, and agility. Public and private clouds have different areas where they each excel, so companies are able to reap the benefits of each platform when using a hybrid cloud solution. Private clouds enable organizations to scale up and down based on demand, which often comes with a lower cost, and private cloud solutions offer superior security and control. Some companies prefer that their critical data is stored in a private cloud, and other data and applications can be stored in a public cloud to lower cost. When using a hybrid cloud, your company is able to find the most suitable use cases for your IT environment and your cloud experience and utility is not limited by an either/or decision.


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