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The 10-minute Hybrid Cloud -- Coming Soon to a Workspace Near You

Setting up and configuring a hybrid cloud gets cheaper, easier, and faster -- thanks to an innovation from Skytap, a provider of self-service cloud automation solutions.


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: "