A major aspect of dealing with the switch over to the hybrid cloud is worrying about security. For a lot of IT professionals, the risk of directly or indirectly causing a security breach is a nightmare. The fact that some security breaches do occasionally end some IT professional's' careers doesn't make this scenario any less scary. Luckily, there's much more out there that is working to help businesses and those who install the software to make sure that their company will be safe if they decide to adopt a hybrid or private cloud system. This has to do with a number of factors, foremost among them being a shift in how organizations value security.

According to Network World, global spending on security for information will reach over $71 billion this year, which is a 7.9 percent increase over the last year. This has to do with the fact that there are many more security threats out there due to the fact that it is easier than ever for low-level hackers to find programs that will help them do what they want to do. Although this is bad in terms of having to deal with constant threats, it is good in that more people are aware of the problem of security threats, and organizations are willing to devote time and money to fighting them.

For those who are interested in hybrid cloud hosting as an option for their businesses, the switch to the cloud can actually wind up increasing their overall security. Cloud hosting providers typically invest quite a bit of time and infrastructure into the careful management and encryption of data. In many ways, cloud hosting providers have the same set of incentives and reasons to keep data safe as banks do, and banks are, of course, famously secure with regard to their ability to store money. No one doubts a bank's' ability to keep money safe despite the fact that there is a bank robbery occasionally, but for some reason people believe that data centers will be unreliable due to the very occasional breach. This simply has to do with how people weigh risk, but it is truly unfortunate that the safer solution for most organizations – using cloud providers – is seen as a risk instead of as a baseline for safety.

Easier cloud access for all
Because of some new advances in the way that networks are optimized, like OpenStack and the existence of software-defined data centers, it is much easier for users from the company network to make improvements in the how data is structured on cloud servers, according to Network Computing. Cloud servers are now truly much more modifiable from an end-user perspective, which means less fussing about how exactly a system directory should be managed with the server, and more time spent using the system to access information quickly and easily. The variability in how actual servers are allocated also gives hybrid cloud servers better optimization for use with mobile devices, because it can stream data much more easily to those users who need specific amounts of information on the go. Previously, servers had to be set up specifically to facilitate certain kinds of transactions, but the new way of holding data means that different types of access can be configured at different times, greatly increasing efficiency on the whole.

By making the cloud better for small and medium-sized businesses, organizations that have propagated technologies like OpenStack have made it easier for anyone at any level of business to get involved with the inherent scalability and benefits of cloud computing.