2011, Microsoft IT defined a cloud adoption strategy. At that time, the goal was to have 80 percent of its hosting requirements provided through public cloud services. Much has changed in the last two years, including public cloud service offerings, and products and management tools that combine both on-premises and public hosting environments. Microsoft IT has learned a great deal about cloud computing since 2011 through its cloud adoption projects. In 2013, Microsoft IT decided to revisit and revise its strategy.
Microsoft IT developed a new cloud computing strategy that utilized a combination of both public and private cloud computing, which is commonly known as hybrid cloud computing. The new hybrid cloud strategy enabled Microsoft IT to leverage new capabilities in cloud technology, and to accelerate their plan for cloud computing adoption.