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5 Things You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud

Many enterprises are adopting hybrid cloud strategies, but in doing so, they face significant challenges.
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Cloud bursting is experiencing a renaissance.

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In the early days of cloud computing, many pundits talked up the possibility of “cloud bursting,” that is, using public cloud services to augment the computing resources available in an organization’s own private cloud. For example, an online retailer might rely on web servers in its own data centers for 11 months of the year but failover to web servers running in a public cloud to meet peak demand during the holiday shopping season. In fact, the NIST standard definition of cloud computing specifically mentions bursting as a key use case for hybrid cloud.

However, actual use of cloud bursting has been slow to materialize. Nelson noted, “Facilitating bursting is hard, complicated by latency between sites; cost of data movement; and lack of consistency between public and private cloud environments.”

Despite that difficulty, Nelson noted that bursting seems to be growing in popularity. A few leading companies have publicized their own successes with bursting, and that could lead to greater adoption.

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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