Special report: The art of the hybrid cloud (free PDF)

Cloud computing is consuming more of the services that power businesses. But many organizations, faced with privacy, security, and regulatory demands, are trying to find the right mix between public and private cloud solutions. This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet/TechRepublic special feature, offers a look at the strategies that are working in the enterprise.

From the ebook:

Enterprise adoption of the hybrid cloud continues to gain momentum: Some 68% of tech professionals said their companies are either using or considering the hybrid cloud, according to a 2016 TechRepublic Premium survey. And 99% predicted that some of their systems and applications would be cloud-based within the next five years.

In a recent 451 Research survey, tech professionals were asked what best describes their hybrid strategy. Some 36% said they dynamically move workloads to the most appropriate IT environment based on cost, performance, security, data sovereignty, and other requirements, while 31% said they use on-premises resources mainly for existing workloads, and use IaaS, public, or hosted clouds for new workloads. Meanwhile, 27% said they run internal business systems and data on premises, while customer or end-user facing systems run on IaaS, public, or hosted clouds.

“Enterprises are looking at multiple execution venues both on premises and off premises,” said 451 Research analyst Carl Lehmann. “They understand the various characteristics of each execution venue—cost, performance, security, intellectual property issues, control over infrastructure—and then allocate workloads to the best execution venue.”

However, many organizations lack clarity on how to effectively create, implement, and manage a hybrid cloud strategy. Here are five common pitfalls to avoid when developing a hybrid cloud strategy.

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