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Hybrid Cloud Computing

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines of a smarter planet.

Hybrid cloud computing is getting more attention among IT professionals, with a recent survey by Tech Pro Research finding that more than 90 percent are familiar with the concept. IT professionals at growing firms are increasingly looking at hybrid cloud computing as the ideal solution for various reasons.

The Benefits

Hybrid clouds are a combination of in-house servers and off-site cloud solutions that offer a balance of scalability and speed that many firms find attractive for their business needs. The Tech Pro Research survey interviewed IT professionals to gain insight into hybrid cloud adoption, how organizations perceive its reliability and adoption rates, and what types of companies are adopting it. It also examined the hybrid cloud's benefits and problems.

The survey found that very small firms with fewer than 50 employees found it cost-effective to only use public cloud solutions, which means there is no up-front hardware investment. Meanwhile, the rest of the respondents felt quite familiar with hybrid solutions. One-third had already implemented a hybrid cloud and another 37 percent were considering it.

Midsize Hybrids

At midsize firms, hybrid clouds offer the security that private cloud platforms provide while also opening up public cloud platforms that offer capabilities to leverage non-critical business data easily. Through hybrid models, robust computing power can be achieved and workload mobility goals can be met. Also important is the option to reserve space and processing capabilities that can help the business scale up as needed when demand peaks.

Up until this point, various types of firms may not have found what they needed just from one cloud computing architecture. Many IT professionals at midsize firms are working with cloud partners to learn about the latest evolution of cloud computing options today. New hosting operations draw the best features from various providers.

For midsize firms who may already have an in-house cloud, they would only need to leverage a public cloud. Cloud vendors can help at any stage, whether it is building a hybrid cloud solution from the start or expanding upon an existing public or private cloud infrastructure. Midsize IT professionals often call on vendors to assist with handling sensitive corporate data. After all, security remains a top concern.

Moving Ahead

Hybrid cloud computing will continue to gain positive notoriety among growing firms. It can be the ideal solution that enables them to leverage the benefits of both public and private clouds. With the right consultancy, the ultimate hybrid platform can be built; one that seamlessly integrates within an information infrastructure and meets the increasingly demanding security and scalability needs of the future.


This post was written by Marissa Tejada.

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