Is the Hybrid Cloud the Next Big Initiative?


The market for cloud computing is showing no signs of slowing down. A recent IDC report, for instance, predicted the industry will be worth approximately $100 billion within the next four years, and the company’s senior vice president, Frank Gens, anticipates that cloud services will account for 80 percent of the market’s growth.

While the public and private cloud sectors battle for dominance, a recent CloudTweaks blog predicted that another type of service – the hybrid cloud – will emerge.

Hybrid Cloud Benefits

“As the U.S. cloud services market continues to mature, enterprises find that overall business impact and productivity gains from the cloud are as significant as achieving cost reductions,” David Tapper, IDC’s vice president of outsourcing and offshore services market research, said in a statement.

Companies may look to move their online databases to the hybrid cloud as one way to achieve maximum benefits, according to a recent Business 2 Community blog. Hybrid services offer organizations the capabilities of both public and private clouds.

According to the news source, the best hybrid cloud strategies consist of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), making company networks accessible from anywhere. The blog also advocated “cloud bursting” strategies, so that anytime the private server experiences a rapid increase in traffic, those services “spill over” and begin functioning in the public cloud.

Loughborough University recently implemented a hybrid cloud. The school’s servers operate largely through two locally built data centers, while the remainder of its services function via a public cloud provider.


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