Four reasons IT pros love cloud:1

What should you look for in a hybrid cloud solution?
A recent survey of more than 300 IT professionals might have some of the answers.

1. Rapid elasticity

A study by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) shows nearly 34% of IT pros cited dynamically growing and shrinking application resources as the most important feature in a cloud. A hybrid cloud solution that supports the leading private and public clouds can make it easier to add or subtract cloud resources across your entire environment.

2. Pooled IT resources

Whether your workloads reside on-premises or off, 1 in 5 pros agree that administrators and end users shouldn’t see a difference. A good hybrid cloud will allow you to automate provisioning into public and private environments consistent application performance and service level agreements.

3. Usage-based tracking/billing

ESG estimates that as many as 33% of organizations look to cloud to control costs. If your hybrid cloud includes the ability to set billing codes and integration with your backend tools, you've already got a head start on controlling and optimizing cloud costs.

4. On-demand self-service

IT pros told ESG they need to lighten the load on already overtaxed cloud administrators. That means enabling end users like test/dev engineers consistent, easy access to IT resources. A hybrid cloud can drive end-user service automation using application service catalogues and customized service templates.

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1: Based on a Microsoft-sponsored white paper by Enterprise Strategy Group, “Dell and Microsoft: An Efficient and Optimized Path to Hybrid Cloud Computing,” December 2015.


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