Despite the benefits, both public clouds and private clouds have their share of problems. Faced with data security concerns in the public cloud, companies turned to private clouds to diminish fears and regain control of data. But that wasn’t enough; companies still longingly eyed public cloud’s attractive pay-as-you-go promises. Enter hybrid clouds.
A hybrid cloud combines at least one private cloud with at least one public cloud, offering the flexibility to run mission-critical apps on-premises while pushing less critical environments, such as test-and-development, to a public cloud. Hybrid clouds also enable companies to easily scale their architectures for usage spikes.
Companies that are considering hybrid clouds are often put off by complex vendor contracts and confusing terms. That’s not to mention user concerns about data security policies, platform interoperability and uptime guarantees. Companies considering a hybrid cloud installment need a solid understanding of cloud terms and service-level agreements to get the most from their cloud arrangements.
SearchCloudComputing.com sat down with cloud and virtualization expert Mike Laverick to outline key questions to ask a cloud provider so you don’t get stuck in a bad vendor relationship.