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Unified Communications Drivers: Hybrid Cloud Adoption

February 19, 2015

Why is hybrid cloud adoption growing so rapidly?

The short answer is that, out of necessity, almost every public cloud environment connects back to a central data center in some way. In this sense, all public clouds are partially hybrid.

Gartner predicts that by 2016 cloud computing will make up the bulk of new IT spend, and for sure the hybrid cloud model will continue providing more services and benefits for end users as part of that trend.

Applications for hybrid cloud range from offloading applications to big data management. Drivers for these applications include reducing complexity, improving bandwidth and networking capabilities, and streamlining compliance—to name just a few.

A closer look at some real-world use cases reveals more precisely how organizations benefit from hybrid cloud platforms—and herein lies the deeper reason for adoption of this model.

Here are a few examples:

Healthcare - A healthcare organization could use hybrid cloud to expand its data processing resources using a pay-as-a-you-go public cloud service. This could be achieved by directly linking a private data center with the public cloud. When combined with an appropriate business agreement, tools like Citrix ShareFile and Amazon Web Services make it possible to set up this connection while staying in HIPAA compliance.

Marketing – A multimedia/marketing organization could use hybrid cloud to obtain extra resources for applications that run during peak times—like the holiday shopping season. This is possible with a private cloud environment hosted on a platform like Eucalyptus, using API commands sent to Amazon for burst resources. Such a setup would include auto-scaling and cloud-bursting for better resource utilization.

Compliance – Hybrid cloud expands the horizons for any organization constrained by compliance requirements that previously made moving to the cloud impossible. Control over sensitive data is possible, as is serving a distributed user base. Some examples of government-compliant cloud service providers include Amazon Web Services, Akamai, and Microsoft.

These use cases just scratch the surface, pointing the way to an increasingly competitive hybrid cloud market in future. IDG Connect predicts that hybrid-supporting infrastructures will dominate future cloud platforms, focusing intensely on the very real need to interconnect public and private infrastructure. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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