But even if you have compatibility issues that seem to lock the data in one environment away from another, Koos du Preez, CTO at business applications provider K2, has one word for you: Recycle.
"Repurpose functionality from previous iterations," he said. "Apps and dashboards are all disposable, but the real asset is the information behind them."
According to du Preez, using hybrid cloud environments will mean managing security and processes across multiple environments.
"Systems like SharePoint have both on-premise and cloud-based versions, so they often have different features available in each," he said. "This means whoever is building applications needs to understand what those differences are. If they do, recycling content can make it easier to work across environments."
Another way around compatibility issues is to design your environments from the ground up to work together, such as those created by managed services provider Mindcore. Mindcore connects a private cloud that it hosts for customers directly to their office storage systems, creating what company president Matt Rosenthal described as a "singular" environment that's transparent and seamless to the end user.
"In reality, they have some data and applications in the office and others in the cloud, but there's really no way to tell the difference as an end user," he said. "Generally, public cloud providers are more focused on the volume business of selling the resources needed to create a cloud environment, not actually doing the integration."
There's a lot of talk around about the "public versus private cloud" debate being over. Both are mature and increasing in ease of use, security, and interoperability. The new questions to ask yourself is which aspects of both will you use in the coming year, and are you ready for it?
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