Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Bill Kleyman.

Digital-Realty-ATL-ExpansionWe’re seeing that hybrid cloud technologies are helping shape the modern digital revolution. Organizations are finding new ways to leverage powerful cloud services. Consider this, Gartner recently stated that more than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud during the next five years. This will make hybrid cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age. Today, cloud computing provides great flexibility to the organizations that deploy it right. Even more flexibility revolves around the deployment of powerful hybrid ecosystems designed to fit evolving business use-cases.

But it’s not always easy to get your business into the cloud. Enterprises have spent the last few years grappling with the logistics of moving massive amounts of data to and from the cloud, a forced march around multiple stumbling blocks. Financial services companies, health care systems, high volume online retailers, video rendering services among others all share the pressing need for speed—not just in getting vast amounts of data to cloud applications but in extracting insights from it to drive time-critical business decisions or to meet consumers’ real-time performance expectations.

There are other challenges as well; including latency concerns, data security, and cost. However, there is good news. Powerful new hybrid cloud solutions specifically aim to improve the elasticity of a business, while still supporting greater levels of availability and security.

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