Your customers are more aware than ever of the critical role the IT infrastructure plays in delivering competitive advantage. And as they aim to optimize performance, cost-efficiency and security for a growing range of applications and workloads, interest in hybrid environments is growing quickly. Recognizing this opportunity, service providers are rushing to define what “hybrid” means and basing offerings on their own interpretations.

Amid that noise, several definitions for the term stand out, but each has limitations.

For example, many experts, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), focus exclusively on the cloud when describing hybrid environments. NIST defines a “hybrid cloud” as a combination of public, private and community clouds “bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability (e.g., cloud bursting for load balancing between clouds).”

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