Published: 02/02/2012


Hype surrounding the cloud has been building steadily over the past 3-4 years and is now at massive levels. However, the reality of limitations has set in and many governments interested in utilizing cloud computing have found that security concerns, a lack of industry standards, and divergent vendor/buyer philosophies about contract language greatly limit the potential of the cloud.

This report examines the key drivers behind the 'hybrid' cloud as a transitional consumption phase toward more robust cloud uptake:

  • Formal and informal hybrid cloud definitions and deployment models
  • Characteristics of actual hybrid cloud acquisitions
  • High profile and indicative hybrid cloud opportunities and implementation in the state and local market

The hybrid cloud represents a generational process of the long-term migration from fully on-premise to maximal off-premise (i.e., predominantly cloud-based infrastructure). At this point, emerging hybrid cloud uptake has only just begun to displace on-premise infrastructure options. While hybrid cloud options remain technologically disruptive in terms of facilitating a long-term transition toward a service-oriented architecture (SOA), the ROI is uncertain in the minds of most potential buyers and there is no driving policy imperative for adoption.

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