Hybrid clouds gaining in popularity among businesses

Tuesday 4 December 2012

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Strides towards the cloud will continue during 2013, as more businesses create hybrid clouds, it has been claimed.

Verizon Communications says that distributed data centres and the intelligent wired and mobile networks that connect them now represent "a viable alternative" to traditional virtual private network (VPN) methods.

VPNs have long formed the backbone of distributed enterprise communications, the firm said - but now more companies are looking to take advantage of hosted services.

"Next year, there will be a significant shift from VPNs to public, private and, importantly, hybrid clouds," the firm stated.

David Small, senior vice-president and chief platform officer for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, said the ideal platform needs to be secure and easy to use and configure.

"In 2013, if you can't switch workloads between public and private clouds, you won’t be competitive," he stated.

"This next year will require a bold approach to embracing change and re-engineering networks in support of cloud-based applications."

According to IT analyst Gartner, an increasing number of businesses are embracing the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model of cloud computing.

Use of hosted software has "grown dramatically" among users of enterprise software solutions, the firm stated.

Posted by Alex Boardman