Increasing Operational Agility with Hybrid Cloud

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Watch the replay above of our recent hybrid cloud webinar (presented in collaboration with VMware and Equinix) to learn more about the hybrid cloud and how it is enabling business agility. Then download CenturyLink Cloud’s hybrid cloud datasheet to learn how your business can take advantage of enterprise-grade hybrid cloud computing services.

At this year’s Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Gartner analysts revealed cloud computing as one of their top 10 strategic technologies for 2012 (calling out hybrid cloud in particular), marking the fourth year running that cloud computing has been named to this list. Gartner describes cloud computing as “a disruptive force,” with “the potential for broad long-term impact in most industries,” and notes that enterprises are now beginning to move past understanding the cloud to making decisions on implementation.

The hybrid cloud is one cloud computing implementation model that allows workloads, applications, and virtual machines to be ported between public and private clouds as necessary. Because hybrid cloud “brings together external public cloud services and internal private cloud services, as well as the capabilities to secure, manage and govern the entire cloud spectrum,” Gartner says it will be a “major focus for 2012.” Already these benefits have resulted in hybrid cloud making up around 20% of all current enterprise cloud deployments, according to a recent Market Pulse survey.

At CenturyLink Cloud, we’re seeing first-hand how our customers are increasing business agility by leveraging enterprise hybrid cloud computing. Obeo, a leading virtual home tours provider, has moved much of its back-office IT stack (comprising 25 different servers) into the cloud—reducing cost and operational complexity while allowing the company to focus on its core competencies instead of maintaining its own IT environment. Warehouse management systems provider HighJump Software is another hybrid cloud success story: by making use of the hybrid cloud, HighJump was able to break into the SaaS market and free customers from deploying or managing software in their own data centers.