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Why open hybrid clouds are the future

Information Week

- For anyone in this day and age, one could hardly miss the memo that cloud is one of the main trends driving computing this decade. According to the Forrester research firm, the global cloud market is expected to grow from USD 40.7 billion in 2011 to more than USD 241 billion in 2020, nearly a 600 percent increase.

 

Cloud has already moved into the mainstream lexicon - we have moved beyond talking hypothetically about what cloud is and its benefits, to a more practical nuts-and-bolts view of how to achieve this cloud vision. One concept that has gained significant traction in the past year is that of a hybrid cloud.

 

A crossbreed mix between public and private clouds, hybrid clouds are the next step in thinking about the cloud space. A well-designed hybrid cloud enables organizations to take advantage of the scalability and cost efficiency of a public cloud, and retain the data governance, security and control of a private cloud.

 

When properly built, hybrid clouds offers a strategic advantage to businesses by redirecting resources from siloed IT provisioning to service innovation. When you splice together a hybrid environment where services talk to each other – rather than sitting as stand-alone applications – you can build a tapestry of rich, engaging services for your target audience, whether they are customers, internal, or public-facing.

 

The future is open

 

How to achieve this vision best, we believe, is through an open hybrid cloud.