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Examining hybrid data center decision points
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of May 2013, Volume 2, Number 5
Companies have begun to use the public cloud as an extension of their own data center, mixing public and private clouds with colocation and on-premises IT to become as efficient as possible. The pros and cons of a hybrid data center environment was a hot topic at the Modern Infrastructure Decisions conference in New York City on April 11. There was a wide range of opinions on the use of hybrid data center among attendees at the event, from a large government agency that, despite its high data security demands, uses a cloud-first approach, to financial sector businesses that continue to rely on on-premises IT and use public cloud sparingly. Comcast, for instance, uses a mix of public cloud with Amazon Web Services along with virtualization from both VMware Inc. and Microsoft. However, the cable company has developed a bias toward public cloud, according to Charles Hammell, a solutions architect with Comcast who sat on a panel at the conference. “For [proof of concepts] or if you have a great idea you want to build out quickly, ...
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