Why Hybrid Cloud Is A Must Have For The Enterprise

With all of the recent buzz around hybrid cloud, I sat down recently with Rackspace CTO John Engates and James Staten, vice president and principal analyst with Forrester, for a recorded webinar discussing public, private and hybrid cloud – the definitions, how to get started and what both of these industry leaders are hearing from CIOs.

Staten has a strikingly basic definition of hybrid cloud – “a cloud service connected to anything.”

For Rackspace, our portfolio of services has become hybrid cloud, meaning that it is a seamless combination of dedicated bare metal servers, private cloud and/or public cloud, working together to deliver the best performance and cost, Engates explained.

“For our customers, the benefit is they don’t have to go all or nothing on a particular technology, “ Engates said. “They can move some pieces of their workload in the cloud, they can continue to have some pieces of their workload in a physically-dedicated environment for performance or security reasons and they can allow themselves to make that transition on a pace that makes sense for them.”

Many companies already may be using hybrid cloud without realizing it.

“You’re already hybrid and now it’s time to deal with it,” Staten said. “If your company has any SaaS application, that SaaS application is talking to something else” so you’re running a hybrid cloud and need to manage it now.

You can watch the entire webinar by clicking on the image below. Use the navigation on the right to jump to different parts, or watch all three parts.




  1. Hybrid Cloud is the ability to mix and match different resource form factors like bare metal dedicated servers, public cloud, and private cloud into a common architecture solution for your application. It allows you to match the infrastructure to the workload to optimize your security, performance, uptime, and total cost for your specific application. It’s a better alternative to the pure public cloud message some vendors are pushing and according to James Staten and myself, it’s the end state for cloud computing.


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