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August 2013, Volume 2, Number 8

Cost, governance drive enterprise IT to hybrid cloud model

Just a few years ago, hybrid clouds were seen as mere stepping stones for enterprises on a journey that would ultimately end in the public cloud. But as enterprises put cloud computing to real-world use, some industry observers are beginning to see the hybrid cloud model as the way forward. Hybrid clouds -- defined as a composition of at least one private cloud and at least one public cloud, ideally connected with software that allows a single point of management -- are one answer to enterprise companies' objections to pure public cloud deployments. They allow for security- or performance-sensitive systems to live behind the corporate firewall while also allowing organizations to take advantage of public cloud's elasticity and quick provisioning. "It's absolutely a trend," said Carl Brooks, analyst with Boston, Mass.-based 451 Research, predicting that hybrid cloud will be "the dominant way in which enterprises will do infrastructure." Save money with a hybrid model Chief among the justifications for the hybrid model is the ...

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