Definition

hybrid cloud storage

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Cloud-based backup: Best strategies and practices

Hybrid cloud storage is an approach to managing storage that uses both local and off-site resources. 

Hybrid cloud storage is often used to supplement internal storage with public cloud storage. Policy engines keep frequently used data on-site while simultaneously moving inactive data to the cloud in a transparent manner.

 Ideally, a hybrid cloud implementation behaves as if it is homogeneous storage. Hybrid cloud storage is most often implemented by using proprietary commercial storage software, by using a cloud storage appliance that serves as a gateway between on-premise and public cloud storage or by using an application program interface (API) to access the cloud storage.

See also:  hybrid cloud

 

This was last updated in May 2011

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