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Hybrid cloud management: Products, implementation and strategies

Hybrid clouds are often regarded as an ideal solution for those looking to move to the cloud. We’ve gathered our best resources on hybrid cloud management to help savvy readers.

In today’s IT market, it seems as if everyone’s head is in the clouds.

For many IT shops, a natural transition to cloud storage exists in hybrid clouds. That means learning about hybrid cloud management is a priority for data storage managers.

For starters, hybrid clouds provide the advantages IT managers already expect from public cloud storage deployments, like pay-as-you-go flexibility and self-service. They also promise to provide the enterprise-level capabilities typically found only in a private cloud, such as secure multi-tenancy, and the ability to deliver quality-of-service levels for availability and performance. Still, concerns about security and the costs associated with hybrid cloud implementations persist.

In this collection of top resources from, learn how your storage peers are using hybrid cloud storage, and hear from experts who know which questions you must ask of cloud service providers. You'll also learn about the strengths and weaknesses of a hybrid cloud model, the best hybrid cloud services and products, how hybrid clouds address the weaknesses of the public cloud and more.

Hybrid cloud services and storage products: A buyer's checklist

This downloadable buyer's checklist answers a handful of important questions surrounding hybrid cloud services, including whether a hardware or software solution is the best answer, how hybrid clouds affect backup and whether a hybrid cloud is a good place for primary data. Author Phil Goodwin evaluates the best hybrid cloud services, outlines some key considerations to keep in mind when purchasing hybrid cloud services and provides advice for companies planning for hybrid cloud storage.

Hybrid cloud addresses impediments to adoption of public cloud storage

In an expert podcast, Gartner Inc. research vice president Stanley Zaffos explains what a hybrid cloud offering is and some of the most common use cases for hybrid clouds. In this downloadable MP3 clip, Zaffos also outlines some of the key features that define hybrid cloud computing and gives listeners tips on how to begin planning for hybrid cloud storage in their environments.

Hybrid cloud storage appliances for primary data: Addressing cache, scalability

Our three-part tutorial series outlines key hybrid cloud storage appliances, including offerings from CTERA Networks, Panzura, StorSimple and TwinStrata. Senior writer Carol Sliwa addresses the major concerns surrounding hybrid cloud and how each of these applications tackles these problems. California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) and Rockford Construction Co. both recently turned to the cloud to solve their storage needs -- learn how they implemented a hybrid cloud environment and what they're using that storage for.

Hybrid cloud model attractive but still has weak spots

Nothing is perfect, and Taneja Group senior analyst and consultant Jeff Byrne reminds us that the universal rule applies to hybrid clouds as well. In this tip, Byrne explains why a hybrid cloud model can be the right solution for those hesitant to turn to cloud storage, but delves into the improvements and developments that hybrid clouds still desperately need. He explains why, despite their positive attributes, hybrid clouds may not currently be the right solution for everybody.

Hybrid clouds: Three routes to implementation

Now that you've begun to understand what hybrid clouds and hybrid cloud storage entail, what are the important things to know about implementing one in your environment? This tip outlines the three main ways -- application integration, cloud storage gateways, or cloud storage software that manages on-premises appliances and public cloud storage -- that can be used to implement a hybrid cloud. What follows are detailed explanations of each option, and which might be best for IT pros and their various companies.

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