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Part of a ZDNet Special Feature: The Art of the Hybrid Cloud

Executive's guide to the hybrid cloud (free ebook)

Hybrid clouds are helping enterprises find a balance between their internal IT infrastructure and public cloud services. This guide looks at the business advantages — and potential deal-killers — of hybrid cloud strategies.

For an increasing number of organizations, hybrid clouds, which combine internal computing infrastructure with public cloud computing resources, represent an effective approach to migrating to the cloud, allaying some security worries and enabling more efficient use of IT resources.

Hybrid strategies have begun making inroads in several industries, including the financial sector, healthcare, and retail sales. In a widely cited report, Gartner predicted that nearly 50 percent of enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by 2017.

Hybrid clouds can help ensure business continuity, allow provisioning to accommodate peak loads, and provide a safe platform for application testing. At the same time, they give companies direct access to their private infrastructure and let them maintain on-premise control over mission-critical data.

Is hybrid an ideal strategy for all companies — or a panacea for all cloud concerns? No. But it does offer compelling benefits that business and IT leaders will want to evaluate in the context of their own needs and objectives.

This ebook will help you understand what hybrid clouds offer, and where their potential strengths and liabilities exist.


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