Hybrid cloud provides best of both worlds, expert says

Cloud computing technologies are becoming more common among the private sector, yet many decision-makers are still unsure of how to utilize the next-generation technology. Organizations are often attracted to the public cloud's ability to reduce IT expenses and improve efficiency, while others prefer to leverage private, on-premise environments because of security reasons. According to a Datamation interview with HP chief technologist for cloud strategy Christian Verstraete, companies can experience both of these cloud performance benefits by deploying hybrid models. By leveraging the hybrid cloud, decision-makers can migrate workloads to off-site architectures to experience the advantages of public cloud scalability, while hosting more sensitive applications and data on-site. This allows IT departments to implement more robust security tools to meet compliance requirements, Verstraete said. "Hybrid IT is the new IT and it is here to stay," Gartner managing vice president Chris Howard said in a separate report. "While the cloud market matures, IT organizations must adopt a hybrid IT strategy that not only builds internal clouds to house critical IT services and compete with public [cloud service providers], but also utilizes the external cloud to house noncritical IT services and data, augment internal capacity and increase IT agility." Verstraete said creating a hybrid cloud provisioning strategy enables companies to be more prepared for the technology and helps them utilize solutions more effectively. With a plan in place, organizations can also determine intervals when they should leverage cloud monitoring tools to ensure applications run as efficiently as possible, thereby increasing the benefits of using the hosted environments. As the cloud becomes more popular, hybrid models will eventually become the norm for computing. By taking the time to determine how these strategies can improve an organization, decision-makers will prepare their company for the coming years when more operations are run in the cloud.

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