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9 benefits of hybrid cloud computing reviewed

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The debate over private versus public cloud will rage on, but many experts cite numerous benefits of hybrid cloud environments. That includes research firm Gartner, which recently published a series of benefits that can be gained or extended by hybrid cloud computing.

Writing on the firm's blog, Milind Govekar, managing vice president at Gartner, listed six benefits that CIOs can expect when migrating to a hybrid cloud environment.

Internal, private cloud computing can help maximize asset utilization--"Hybrid cloud computing can maximize this value by balancing the use of internal assets and external services … while enabling better scalability." He gives the example of enabling services to be deployed internally when internal capacity is available, but moved to the public cloud services when it is unavailable.

Cloud computing can help with cost efficiency--"Hybrid cloud computing can maximize cost-efficiency, particularly capital expenditure, through competition and automated arbitrage." He says this may not happen as fluidly as in the financial market, but more so than when manually choosing one provider over another.

Private cloud computing ensures isolation--"Hybrid cloud computing enables an enterprise to balance isolation, cost and scaling requirements," he explains.

Cloud computing can enable high availability and resiliency--"Hybrid cloud computing can improve resiliency and disaster recovery by using multiple partners," he notes.

Cloud computing can introduce new functionality quickly-- "Hybrid cloud computing makes it easier to introduce new functionality quickly and more flexibly," he says.

Cloud computing ensures a low barrier to entry--"Hybrid cloud computing can help an enterprise build an exit strategy," he concludes.

Meanwhile, CloudTweaks also weighed in on the benefits of hybrid cloud investments. According to an article at the publication, there are three key benefits:

Security--"One of the main concerns of a public cloud is data integrity and security, but by using a hybrid cloud, businesses are able to maintain in-house storage for sensitive operations," the article says.

Scalability--"Whereas the size of public clouds is ultimately limited by the total available hardware, hybrid clouds can take advantage of almost any unlimited scalability of public clouds," the article explains.

Cost-efficiency--"Because a hybrid cloud is configured to use both private and public clouds, it allows users access to significant economies of scale without exposing mission-critical applications or vital data to third-party vulnerabilities."

Read more:
- Check out the Gartner blog
- Read the CloudTweaks article

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