Hybrid Cloud Computing Model Offers Best of Both Worlds

Posted by Mark Teter, Chief Technology Officer
January 6, 2011

I was recently reading an article by Matthew Lynley on the Reuters’ site entitled Are hybrid clouds the path to cloud-computing nirvana? In it he discusses the security concerns that most large organizations have currently with the public cloud and the private cloud opportunity to add value.

Most people agree that this hybrid cloud model is currently the most economical.  The hybrid approach allows you to separate data and compute that’s not needed all the time, but can be “parked” in the cloud, and spun up as necessary. The journey through these phases can take months or even years, and it's best to go in measured steps…

Vendors are now beginning to use this approach for remote office solutions. Example: Blue Coat Cloud URL Filtering. Also, BlueLock has unveiled the beta of a new enterprise-class public cloud offering built using VMware's vCloud Datacenter Service technology, which allows customers to move between their own on-premise private cloud and an off-premise public cloud. There are a number of other vendors that provide plug-ins that enable a single management interface between customers’ VMware-based private clouds and a vCloud Datacenter Service.

Imagine being able to do what Amazon Web Services can do within your own private data center: create a new disk or server, or start new instances of an application in seconds with a few clicks by choosing from hundreds of available templates that span a range of operating systems. That in a nutshell is what you could have by building a private cloud. Good jumping off points are to start thinking how you can interface your application with "Save as Cloud..." and "Open from Cloud..." functionalities...

About Mark Teter Before he retired from ASG in 2013, Mark Teter was Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and the author of 'Paradigm Shift: Seven Keys of Highly successful Linux and Open Source Adoptions.' As CTO, Mark regularly advised IT organizations, vendors, and government agencies, and he frequently conducted seminars and training programs.

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