Hybrid clouds are aimed at helping enterprises find a balance between internal IT infrastructure and public cloud services. It sounds good in theory, especially for companies that want to keep their workloads tucked safely away in their own data centers.
But the hybrid cloud approach has its share of detractors, with many experts arguing that the private cloud component is costly, lacks the advantages of rapidly evolving public cloud technologies, and is no more secure than public cloud. Add the fact that big providers (Google, Amazon, Microsoft) are pushing hard to get enterprises to use their public cloud offerings -- to the tune of billions of dollars -- and the decision-making process becomes fuzzy indeed.
ZDNet and TechRepublic put together this guide to help cut through some of the hype and tackle the hybrid cloud conundrum from various perspectives. It looks at how businesses are integrating on-premise infrastructure with public cloud services, analyzes a range of enterprise cloud strategies, and weighs the pros and cons of taking the hybrid route.