There is no need for businesses to move every IT function and application to the cloud, one expert has claimed.
Writing for Forbes, Oracle Corp's senior vice-president for communications Bob Evans explained that companies can use both hosted services and on-premise technology in conjunction with one another.
He noted that businesses can adopt a hybrid approach - in the sense that there is no need for them to be entirely in or out of the cloud.
Firms can choose which applications they want to outsource to a hosting provider, and which they want to power using their own in-house servers.
"Since businesses today need to be able to respond rapidly and comprehensively to new trends and marketplace realities, it only makes sense that businesses are pursuing a wide range of cloud-based solutions to meet their specific needs," Mr Evans commented.
"In addition, for many businesses, moving into the cloud and converting more systems and processes to the cloud requires an evolving and multi-step approach that adapts to constantly changing business needs and priorities."
The expert said that in many cases, the first step is to move from siloed environments to consolidated or virtualised environments.
In other cases, businesses move to private clouds by introducing self-service and auto-scaled environments, or metering and chargeback, Mr Evans noted.
"To some, specialised public clouds provide a rapid way to adopt the cloud, particularly [firms] looking to quickly deploy Software-as-as-Service-based solutions that addresses particular business functions," he added.
For businesses seeking a hybrid cloud solution - which makes the most of existing IT assets and hosted services - Microsoft Azure is one option.
Brad Anderson, corporate vice-president in Microsoft's server and tools division, explained recently that the solution allows users to move virtual machines and workloads across boundaries "on-demand and without friction".
"Azure is based on the same Windows Server 2012 platform as your data centre, with the same management tools and the same consistency across data, so you can just move things around as you wish," he told attendees at the TechEd conference.
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Posted by Alex Boardman