Hybrid IT architecture can ease transitions. (AFP/Getty Images)
A new approach to cloud architecture, called hybrid IT, could give federal agency managers the best of both worlds: the ease and cost efficiencies of cloud balanced with the security and control of in-house IT.
Hybrid IT uses a colocation center. The provider owns and operates the physical facility, which includes power, cooling and physical security, while the customer has access to the space and equipment. Meanwhile, a public cloud offers storage and processing power.
“The colo is like a pseudo-cloud,” said Munjeet Singh, an emerging-technology expert with Booz Allen Hamilton. “They can start to shut down their data centers by moving their boxes into this colo environment. They maintain control of the machine, but someone else makes sure the lights are on and the fans are spinning. “
Ultimately, the hybrid approach is a stepping stone to a full cloud transition, not an end point. But experts say it might be the buffer that agencies need to make the move.
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