Deploying your applications in the cloud is not simple. There is a lot of thinking that needs to be done around the problems, before you can hope to select the right cloud model for your enterprise. For those who are budget constrained and are not too manic about storing mission critical information on third party repositories, the public cloud could be the way to go. For those who are manic about their data, the private cloud would be the model of choice. But not all data is critical to the organization and not all applications can be deployed to the cloud. Hybrid clouds offer interesting options to enterprises that would like to accommodate the varying security needs of different types of data and the operational demands of a variety of applications.  

Agility is the hallmark of the hybrid cloud. The cloud account settings can be tweaked to scale up or down to handle dynamically increasing or decreasing workloads.  Users can retain control of the applications that are uploaded to the hybrid cloud by using granular level controls and complete visibility.  Users can test the cloud for tweaking disaster performance and fail over clusters can be evaluated on a test basis to ensure optimal operative efficiency during a crunch situation.

Hybrid cloud deployments use self service user interfaces to provide a range of functionalities to the users giving them maximum control over the environment of operation. Security measures include security for transport; storage and retrieval of data and role based configurations ensure that unauthorized users do not access the database under any predictable circumstances.  Users can implement cloud policies, define quotas and charge backs for controlling costs and tracking billing information. Collaboration and snapshot replication policies can be defined to facilitate collaboration and ensure recovery of data when required.

However, hybrid clouds are by no means the only solution to enterprise connectivity. It is one of the many possible solutions that can be adopted by enterprises wanting to expand and connect their remote users to the central database. Moreover, it should be remembered that merely transitioning to the cloud will not resolve any issues associated with the enterprise network. If the problem of the existing network is transposed on to the cloud solution, the effort may end in waste of time and resources.  IT Administrators must make an effort to identify and remove the problems of the existing network before they transition to any kind of cloud computing solution.