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Why Companies Get the Hybrid Cloud Wrong and What to Do About It

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Why Companies Get the Hybrid Cloud Wrong and What to Do About It

Boston Consulting Group,

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You know you’ll need a cloud, but what kind of cloud do you need?

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When a company first ventures into cloud architecture territory, they must choose from among public, private, hybrid or multicloud systems. These decisions can be intimidating, but don’t put them off, especially if you belong to a legacy company where leadership remembers when IT was an afterthought. Digitization requires advanced technology, and advanced technology requires the cloud. In this special report, the Boston Consulting Group highlights a company’s most important considerations when developing cloud architecture.


IT decision-makers tend to favor hybrid-cloud solutions, which combine the power and space of public clouds with the security and network efficiency of private clouds.

According to Boston Consulting Group research, about 90% of global IT decision-makers have determined that the hybrid cloud is the best fit for their companies. A hybrid-cloud system combines a dedicated private cloud, which usually serves only one customer, and a public cloud, which can serve many customers. 

When working within a hybrid-cloud system, companies must decide where to store workloads and data assets. The sensitivity of the data in question should govern segmentation decisions, with private and proprietary data staying on the premises. Future product designs and localized dependent applications that require network efficiency are probably best stored on secure local servers. Less privileged information, shared applications and data that requires massive computing power are suitable for the public cloud. After making segmentation decisions, companies...

About the Authors

Pranay Ahlawat, Johannes Boyne, Thomas Körfer, Jonas Kulessa, Annika Melchert and Florian Schmieg are professionals with the Boston Consulting Group.

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