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Using Colocation-Based Hybrid Cloud Architecture to Ensure IaaS Mobility and Reduce Lock-In

Published: 15 October 2015

ID: G00281338

Analyst(s): Elias Khnaser


Clients want to limit lock-in by employing multiple cloud providers, and they want to maintain control of data residency and security. Cloud architects should consider hybrid architectures that centralize storage at colocation hubs yet still leverage other elastic services at multiple providers.

Table Of Contents


  • What Is a Colocation Hub, and Why Do You Need One?
  • What Does a Colocation-Based Hybrid Architecture Look Like?
    • 1 — Traditional Data Center
    • 2 — Colocation Hub
    • 3 — Storage
    • 4 — Dedicated Network Connectivity
    • 5 — Cloud-Based Services
    • 6 — Data-Center-Based or Colocation-Based Compute
    • 7 — Cloud Providers
  • What Are the Typical Use Cases for a Colocation-Based Hybrid Cloud?
    • Analytics/Data Warehousing
    • Scale-Out Database Compute From the Public Cloud
    • DR and HA for Database Servers
    • VDI
    • DR for VDI
    • New Network Connectivity Paradigms
    • IoT
  • How Do You Manage This Multicloud Environment?
  • How Do You Control Lock-In?
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses


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