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Comparing Five Hybrid Cloud Storage Architectures That Enable Hybrid IT

Published: 22 August 2018

ID: G00355034

Analyst(s): Matthew Brisse


Hybrid IT requires storage and data mobility architectures to be tightly aligned with application use cases for both data center and cloud environments. This assessment provides technical professionals with a comparison of five hybrid cloud storage approaches commonly used in hybrid IT environments.

Table Of Contents



  • The Five Hybrid Cloud Storage Architectural Approaches
    • Approach No. 1: Primary and Secondary Storage Arrays
    • Approach No. 2: Cloud Storage Gateways
    • Approach No. 3: Primary Storage Deployed in Colocation Facilities With Direct Access to Public Cloud
    • Approach No. 4: Software-Defined Storage Solutions That Can Be Deployed and Span Across On-Premises and Public Cloud
    • Approach No. 5: Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Platform
  • Putting It All Together


  • Don’t Forgo Storage Architectural Best Practices With Hybrid Cloud Implementations
  • Select the Hybrid Cloud Storage Approach Based on Application Requirements
  • Use Caution When Implementing Solution Approaches That Require Multiple Software Stacks to Complete a Solution
  • Minimize Vendor and Solution Lock-In When Possible
  • Hybrid Cloud Architectures Are Nascent and Fast-Moving; Expect New Incumbent Vendors and Rapid Product Changes

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