Skytap claims it can help developers and other IT folks to create a hybrid cloud in about 10 minutes.
Exactly what is a hybrid cloud? The answer is, well, 'cloudy'.
A hybrid cloud can mean either two separate clouds joined together (public, private, internal or external), or a combination of virtualized cloud server instances used with real physical hardware.
Hybrid clouds usually require three things:
- an onsite data center
- a public cloud
- an IT person dedicated to spending days connecting the two
Despite the benefits of hybrid clouds, setting up and configuring them has proven to be costly, complex, and time-consuming for most companies.
Skytap has plenty of competition in the hybrid cloud space, notably from EMC/VMware, the HP hydrid cloud portfolio, IBM, and Rackspace.
Rapidly Growing Market for Cloud Services
Gartner's Public Cloud Services Worldwide forecast report stated the market for cloud services was worth $58.6 billion in 2009 and will grow to be worth $148.8 billion by 2014.
A recent IDC white paper, sponsored by EMC: "