Hybrid Clouds: Balancing Risks and Benefits

By Peter Géczy, Noriaki Izumi and Kôiti Hasida.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Acceptance of public cloud-based services by organizations has been marginal. Public cloud services present numerous inherent difficulties that outweigh benefits. In cloud-based environments, services are distributed and provided on demand via networks. Distributed nature and networked access of services are the sources of benefits and problems. Principal problems are cost, security, loss of control, accessibility and insufficient legislative. Private clouds eliminate most problems but require higher initial costs. Public clouds are economical in a short term but present the highest risks. Hybrid clouds provide balanced solutions. The primary risks associated with cloud systems are due to utilizing external service providers and accessing services over internet. The internet is a monitored medium. Valuable and sensitive data, transferred over the internet, is at risk of being compromised even if secure protocols are used. Contemporary internet is also significantly less reliable than intranets in organizations—resulting in accessibility issues. Utilizing external cloud providers brings additional security risks and loss of control over data and services. Hybrid clouds allow favorable balancing of risks and benefits; however, there is a notable scarcity of proper studies. We explore relevant aspects of hybrid cloud systems and highlight beneficial adoption strategies. Presented concepts provide actionable knowledge for information technology managers. They enable efficient decision making required for adoption and management of hybrid clouds.

Keywords: Hybrid Cloud Systems, Cloud Computing, Cloud-Based Services, Service Providers, Information Technology Management, Knowledge Management, Actionable Knowledge

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp.1-8. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 678.542KB).

Dr. Peter Géczy

AIST, Tokyo, JP, Japan

Dr. Noriaki Izumi

AIST, Tokyo, Japan

Dr. Kôiti Hasida

AIST, Tokyo, Japan