With the boom of big data and analytics bringing about new needs for large data stores, companies have been searching for ways to increase how much information they can store. The enterprise cloud can help businesses do this by giving them another place to put important data. But to get the best return on a cloud investment, companies should look to integrate their clouds with in-house data stores, according to Data​ Center Knowledge contributor Matt Smith.

The cloud is great for storing large amounts of data, as cloud service providers allow businesses to scale storage up or down based on their needs at any given time. It also provides a secure location to back up data, which is crucial for recovering information in case of a disaster.

However, there is a significant need to keep extremely business-critical data on in-house storage systems. This calls for the integration of cloud services. Doing that can be helpful by providing redundancy in case either storage solution runs into issues.

"Remember, this is your livelihood, and you should maintain control over the most vital pieces, especially when they can be secured so easily," wrote Smith.

Cloud integration with traditional IT systems will continue to be needed as adoption rates continues to grow. Midsize Insider contributor Marissa Tejada stated that integration of the cloud is important for businesses to cut IT costs, while still providing all the benefits.

Adoption of the cloud is being led by new advances in mobile technologies and the computerization of information technology. However, for those companies with fewer budgets and resources, leveraging the cloud can be difficult. This is where integration comes in to cut costs. By doing so properly, companies can reap the benefits for a fraction of investment needed.

"As time goes on, successful cloud integration will become more vital than ever, especially for midsize firms that need to remain competitive in an ever-changing IT landscape that includes mobile, social media, analytics and virtualization," wrote Tejada.