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cloudIT_hybridIf that’s how you’re picking which cloud solution you’re going with, you need to be informed. Both private and public clouds have a number of good reasons why you should choose them. But one of the best things about it is you can have your cake and eat it too with a hybrid cloud.

According to the CIO Custom Solutions Group, a hybrid cloud is a mixture of both private and public clouds tied together by standardized technology. So what can a hybrid cloud provide?

Upfront Freedom

Implementing a private cloud solution is a serious undertaking. A hybrid allows you to get up and running quickly with the public cloud, while you wait for the private cloud is developed. By implementing only part of a private cloud, your infrastructure only changes slightly so no need to overhaul your existing technology.

Security, Storage and Scalability

If you know no matter what you’ll be using the cloud in some facet, a hybrid might be the best option for both storage and scalability. The public cloud operates off of a pay for what you use model, which is cost efficient if you’re not totally sure of the resources you’re going to use. Your private cloud gives you the security to store your more sensitive information or operate your mission-critical applications.

As for scalability, when you plan shorter projects you will be able to allocate resources at a lower cost by using the public cloud rather than having to use up resources for only a short amount of time.

Cloud bursting

According to, cloud bursting is when, “an application runs in a private cloud or data center and bursts into a public cloud when the demand for computing capacity spikes.” Be careful which applications you choose that will hold the ability to cloud burst. It works best for ones that have simple delivery infrastructure.

The hybrid cloud really is only one way of doing things in the soon to be standard technology. Private and public clouds have their benefits as well. But before you choose any platform, keep in mind these 8 things.

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