Cloud Computing

What does hybrid cloud mean in practice?

In October, Cisco and Google became the latest big IT firms to announce a partnership aimed at delivering hybrid cloud solutions for enterprise customers. The move is just one in a series of recent developments that highlight how important bridging the divide between on-premise systems and public clouds has now become to corporate IT strategy.

Cloud services as we now understand them have been around for at least a decade, with Amazon’s launch of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and S3 object storage offerings. Adoption has increased gradually since then, as organisations figured out how to make best use of cloud services and where these fit into their overall IT strategy.

Initially, this consisted of using the cloud for development work and deployment of public-facing applications and services, with other enterprise use cases such as backup and disaster recovery following. Some organisations have also experimented with shifting workloads to the cloud, with varying degrees of success.

“What’s happened is that the move to the cloud started off as being pretty chaotic, and it was pretty much business productivity type of workloads that were the first to get moved there,” said Roy Illsley, lead analyst for cloud and virtualisation at Ovum.

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Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson has over 20 years of experience as an IT journalist, covering everything from smartphones to IBM mainframes and supercomputers as well as the Windows PC industry. Based in the UK, Dan has a background in electronics and a BSc Hons in Information Technology.

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