As businesses of every size rely more and more on their technology infrastructure to provide them with a competitive advantage, cloud computing and related technologies have emerged as potential game-changers. The most intense focus has been on finding ways to leverage cloud computing with minimum disruption to business processes and maximum return on investment. The result has been the rise of hybrid hosting. Because hybrid hosting offers significant advantages to its users, the technology has become the solution of choice for a growing number of businesses. Gartner, which rates the benefit of hybrid cloud computing as “Transformational,” observes that “It also sets the stage for new ways for enterprises to work with suppliers, partners (B2B) and customers (business-to-consumer) as these constituencies also move toward a hybrid cloud-computing model.”1 We will begin, then, with a big-picture look at hybrid hosting.
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