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Hybrid Cloud Picks up Speed During Big Data Era

During the past several years, organizations have become acquainted with using cloud computing solutions in the workplace. Now that companies are familiar with the hosted services, decision-makers are launching the technology in different ways than they did in the past. Traditionally, enterprises would select a single private or public cloud offering and use it however they needed to. Today, firms are moving away from the one-horse town mentality.

Businesses are now adopting various hybrid cloud strategies that take advantage of both private and public services, according to a TechTarget report. In fact, multi-cloud programs, which use multiple services from numerous providers, are becoming increasingly popular.

"The majority of enterprises I consult with leverage a multi-cloud model where hybrid cloud is certainly there, but [is] being replaced by something that's much more complex and valuable," IT expert David Linthicum told TechTarget. "These days, the number of projects involving just one or two cloud computing providers or technologies is few and far between."

In fact, Linthicum noted that most organizations are utilizing at least half a dozen vendors. They are doing so primarily because the consumerization of IT has given employees the power to leverage their own tools, sometimes without the permission of upper management.

The information deluge
In addition to consumerization trends, the Big Data phenomenon is encouraging enterprises to adopt multiple cloud services because various departments will have different needs when analyzing massive volumes of unstructured information. As a result, team managers may find various cloud-based environments more applicable than others.

A Firmology report highlighted how incorporating Big Data into cloud computing projects can deliver enterprises benefits on numerous levels, including the ability to provide employees with access to complex analytics from virtually anywhere. Meanwhile, because the massive volumes of information are stored in remote architectures, companies can maintain the resources with fewer complications and experience a greater return on investment.

Additionally, cloud services can be a boon for disaster recovery, meaning highly critical information used on a daily basis will have a better chance at being restored if the resources are hosted in the cloud, Firmology reported.

As businesses continue to approach big data with an open mind and are increasingly comfortable using various cloud solutions, decision-makers will likely find themselves leveraging several solutions at the same time to maximize monetization and efficiency.

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