Posted by Silicon UK on July 23, 2019:

As businesses expand their use of cloud-based services, a hybrid cloud approach to developing the network infrastructures they need is fast becoming the norm. What is the hybrid cloud, and what impact is this approach to cloud services having on CIOs, CTOs and their enterprises?

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How are businesses using the hybrid cloud today?

A hybrid strategy allows enterprises to host their applications and business services on the most suitable platforms to help deliver best in class solutions. This can include the power of the public cloud; consuming CRM or HR payroll systems from SaaS providers; or running mission-critical apps in the private cloud to secure IP and sensitive data on premise. A complete and thorough hybrid strategy will evaluate the best components of each platform and piece them together into one holistic solution. Cost should remain a concern, but it should not be the sole arbiter when it comes to a hybrid cloud deployment.

A hybrid strategy also allows businesses to adopt a flexible and sensible growth strategy. Using public or private cloud services can allow a business to scale performance and distribution with fewer overheads and deliver new capabilities without a huge spend. For global enterprises that want to operate with a reduced footprint, leveraging different parts of the hybrid cloud can help with data and governance. For example, an EU business wishing to operate in APJ can push data closer to its customers with the public cloud, avoiding the costs of founding private servers in the territory."

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