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Experts see Hybrid Cloud Doubling in Strength by 2015

Cloud storage solutions have gained significance during the past several years, especially as mobility, Big Data and other technological trends emerged. Yet the broad range of cloud offerings in the business world has convinced organizations to take various approaches to the hosted landscape, including adopting both premise-based and off-site services at the same time, creating a hybrid architecture that gives companies the scalability they need to thrive.

Infonetics Research recently highlighted the growing presence of the hybrid cloud, forecasting that adoption rates of the technology will more than double by 2015. Experts have named the hybrid cloud as the next big thing in the cloud architecture market, noting its performance, agility, cost reduction, and scalable benefits as the primary drivers behind this growing usage.

"Hybrid cloud is the next evolution in cloud architecture, with adoption among enterprises expected to more than double by 2015," said Cliff Grossner, directing analyst for data center and cloud at Infonetics Research.

As companies gather and manage increasingly large and complex sets of information, decision-makers will be charged with implementing various cloud computing technologies that ensure teams across departments can access and use data to their advantage. In many cases, organizations are launching hybrid cloud storage environments because some confidential data is too sensitive to host anywhere besides an in-house data center.

The scalable cloud
The term "cloud storage" has taken on a slightly ambiguous tone during the past several years, although it is commonly defined as an off-site environment that companies can use without worrying about managing highly flexible and scalable servers on-site. This definition means that the cloud can be extremely beneficial for organizations that are embracing the Big Data movement and looking for IT systems that can expand or contract on demand without causing headaches for the IT department.

Businesses that launch hybrid cloud storage solutions can migrate less-sensitive information to flexible cloud environments and keep more confidential resources on-site without introducing any interoperability or consistency complications. Other decision-makers are seeing the potential in launching hybrid-based backup strategies, which means all replicated information and applications are hosted in the cloud while current resources are managed on-site, or vice versa.

Enterprises are becoming more familiar with the cloud computing landscape and are diving into the market with more enthusiasm than ever before. Executives who are looking to truly embrace innovative projects should consider deploying hybrid cloud solutions, which will make embarking on Big Data and other critical endeavors less complex.

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