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Application integration for hybrid clouds

All public cloud storage services offer APIs to interact with internal cloud storage software and cloud gateways, but these APIs can also be used to directly integrate applications with public cloud storage. Cloud storage APIs enable custom in-house and commercial applications to tap into public cloud storage via REST interfaces.

For instance, backup application vendors have started to add public cloud storage support to their backup suites. Symantec Corp. offers cloud storage support for NetBackup and Backup Exec. Similarly CommVault's Simpana backup software integrates with public storage clouds.

Enterprise-friendly storage clouds

Enterprises have stayed away from cloud storage for the most part, but the emergence of internal cloud storage and secure integration options of on-premise storage with public cloud storage (hybrids) have lowered the bar for enterprises to safely extend existing enterprise storage with cloud storage.

Despite the recent hype, which is mostly consumer-driven, mobile adoption and public cloud services like those from Google, Dropbox and many others go hand in hand. Gartner Inc. doesn't expect full-scale adoption of cloud storage by major enterprises for another five years. In the meantime, enterprises are likely to add hybrid cloud storage strategically to complement their existing storage infrastructure.

BIO: Jacob Gsoedl is a freelance

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writer and a corporate director for business systems. He can be reached at jgsoedl@yahoo.com.

This was first published in January 2011

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