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A Guide to Hybrid Clouds

Posted on 4.30.2014

Intrigued by the potential of the cloud but a little leery of all that comes with it? You're not alone. Instead of going all in, however, perhaps it is best that enterprises like yours take a more measured approach - rolling out hybrid clouds instead of trusting your success entirely to a third party.

A hybrid cloud is an integrated cloud service that uses both private and public clouds to perform various functions. For example, you might want to use a public cloud for archiving data but an internal, private cloud for sensitive customer data. Taking a hybrid approach offers enterprises greater scalability on the whole and can certainly be more cost-efficient when leveraged correctly. So what should you keep top of mind?

While security is certainly important, the interoperability of clouds (both public and private) should be one of the key variables in deciding whether to adopt a hybrid cloud computing environment. While much of the responsibility will fall on the virtual shoulders of the public cloud network and the developers and IT team working in and around that technology environment, the manner in which these often very siloed systems interact will ultimately prove to be the most variable in success with a hybrid cloud.

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