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Hybrid cloud is the most common deployment model for the cloud today and will likely remain so in the future. Hybrid cloud combines the benefits of both public cloud and private cloud, which is what leads large analyst organisations to state the following:

“While the public cloud market continues to mature, savvy IT organizations are devising a hybrid IT strategy.” – Gartner 2013 Cloud Planning Guide

“Hybrid is the end-state. A lot of people say ‘the end state is cloud’ I don’t buy that at all. It is about creating the right architecture to support the application and the evolution of the application over time.” James Staten, VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research, 2013.