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“Hybrid cloud” became just as big a buzzword lately as “big data,” or “ cloud computing ” in its early days.

Everyone seems to be in a hurry to get on board with a hybrid cloud. Yet the same surveys show increased adoption or increased plans for adoption, which signals a lot of difference in understanding what that means exactly.

What does Hybrid Cloud bring to the table?

The biggest change the hybrid cloud brings, as opposed to following a public or private cloud adoption path, is the ability to have both.

Originally positioned as a transitional solution, leading private clouds toward public ones, hybrid clouds changed into a tool that bring them together – is no small part due to enterprise adoption disrupting cloud services, instead of the other way around.

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The rise of the hybrid cloud concept – in parallel with other trends such as software-defined approaches to solving problems (as Ben Kepes has noted so accurately), or containerization – gives enterprises options to have more control over their IT expenditures.

Not having to choose between reducing operational (OPEX) or capital (CAPEX) expenditures, businesses adopting a hybrid cloud can flexibly adjust the emphasis on both, in concert with their priorities and financial resources.

Data centers need not to fear the cloud, but embrace it

Data centers and managed service providers can especially benefit from the hybrid cloud, as it strengthens their portfolio, and positions customers for rapid adoption and transparent management of multi-cloud or multi-deployment infrastructures.

By choosing a solution such as Qstack™, onboarding can be made easier with hybrid capabilities for multiple zones and APIs. Including options for both bare metal and virtual machines, multiple hypervisors and implementations of object storage, served through virtual or hosted private clouds with custom-branded self-service portals.

Qstack, building on both compatibility and scalability, gives a firm handle on all layers of a cloud infrastructure in a single unified interface. With proper utilization of privately owned and operated hardware, or by moving non-compliant resources to a much cheaper public cloud space. In addition, it can extract additional value from existing investments like VMware vSphere® licenses or on-premise commodity hardware.

Software-defined solutions that offer hybrid capabilities, like Qstack, can significantly streamline IT operations. Not only do they offer greater financial agility and accountability, but are also inherently designed to present a long-term foundation for IT instead of being a short-term solution.