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Hybrid cloud management myths and integration challenges
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of Special CIO edition, October 2013
The benefits of cloud services are evident, but many IT leaders are opting for a hybrid cloud strategy rather than an all-out move to the public cloud to avoid a variety of public cloud challenges, such as vendor lock-in and potential outages. Still, a hybrid blend of private and public cloud services presents its own set of integration and management challenges, explains Gartner Inc. research vice president Chris Wolf. In this Q&A, Wolf talks about what CIOs need to know about hybrid cloud management, including the most important questions to ask vendors about solutions and tools, how to prepare the IT organization and major pitfalls to avoid. Why do companies choose to go with a hybrid cloud approach? Chris Wolf Chris Wolf: One example our clients appreciate is what Zynga does as part of their hybrid cloud strategy. Most people are familiar with Zynga for the games they've developed for Facebook, etc. Zynga uses Amazon (public cloud) for development of their new applications, which allows them to get infrastructure projects [...
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