20 September 2011 16:45:50
As more types of organizations adopt cloud computing services and, more importantly, pay more attention to the potential adjustments to be made to garner a successful IT overhaul, the cloud continues to take on different shapes. AnandTech recently published an article explaining that the hybrid cloud has proven to be a favorite among many companies, as the service offers heightened flexibility.
According to the source, the hybrid cloud gained substantial momentum resulting from the need for more flexible service agreements, a necessity most commonly found in industries with more regulatory compliance requirements, especially those that handle sensitive personal information.
Cloud security has been proven by many high-profile organizations such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and healthcare organizations have increasingly turned to the new IT to meet meaningful use requirements, as well as those of HIPAA compliance.
Hybrid clouds, the source asserts, allow the consumer to combine products such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, while maintaining an active role in the fulfillment of certain internal and federally-dictated management responsibilities.
The hybrid cloud will likely add to the success of the industry, while the International Data Corporation projects the cloud to grow from 600,000 units in 2010 to 1.3 million by 2014.
-McAfee Cloud Security