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Hybrid public-private cloud usage more widespread than you think

Brandon Butler | May 27, 2013
Many times in discussions about cloud computing, the hybrid cloud – meaning a service that combines both off-site public cloud and on-premises private cloud computing resources – is thought of as being some nirvana state that will be the dominant architecture at some point in the future.

For these reasons, Staten says it's important for IT shops to identify what types of public cloud resources are being used in their environment, which can be done a variety of ways. For one, talk to the business unit heads and ask them what, if any, cloud resources are being used. Audits, both technical and financial, can also be done. Are company credit cards being charged from Amazon Web Services? Various network monitoring tools can sniff out where traffic is flowing within a WAN or LAN as well.

Staten says some IT pros he speaks with have a false sense of what's actually going on in their environments and what a hybrid deployment is. Many people think a hybrid cloud will just be when on-premises private clouds and off-premise public clouds interact with one another. The challenge that's front and center is around bridging connections between public cloud resources and behind the firewall applications and systems. "That's a challenge that's here today," Staten says. "But in many cases IT hasn't recognized it and isn't doing anything about it."

 

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