Posted by: Jay Dugan
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One of the most exciting new technologies to evolve from the Internet, intranets and extranets is cloud computing. Business enterprises are now beginning to implement the concept despite initial concerns. With cloud computing databases, applications, and services can be accessed and shared by researchers and strategic partners across multiple platforms.
Hybrid clouds may be the next step in cloud computing for business. A hybrid cloud combines a company’s internal cloud with a public cloud service provider. Higher utilization rates, lower costs and better security can be achieved by keeping sensitive and frequently accessed data in the enterprise’s private cloud and “cloud bursting” or sending the extra load to the public cloud when demand is peaking.
At this time, cloud computing and hybrid clouds are mainly of interest to large enterprises. Amazon, Google and Microsoft are rushing into the cloud space as well as dozens of other lesser known tech firms. Software companies are increasing their investment in virtualization and enhanced security to overcome earlier concerns and meet the demands of cloud computing.
The building and maintaining of a hybrid cloud computing infrastructure is not an inexpensive undertaking. However, as the cost and availability comes into line, small to medium sized business will begin to embrace the concept.