Enterprises Still Refining Hybrid Cloud Model
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Ask five tech executives what cloud computing means to them, and you very well might hear five different answers.
And that might not be such a bad thing, according to several industry leaders speaking at the Cloud Connect conference this week in Santa Clara, Calif.
For some businesses, including Netflix, the service provided by Amazon's AWS business has helped it improve the reliability of its media delivery. One executive positioned Amazon as a "commodity" service that can offer businesses substantial savings over building their own private cloud infrastructure.
"The battle is between Amazon's commodity cloud services and the others," said Randy Bias, CEO of the consulting firm Cloudscaling.
But for real enterprise computing, including mission-critical, "back-office" applications, a pay-as-you-go model might not be practical, leading firms like HP to back a hybrid cloud model.
Datamation reports from the conference.