Bestriding the clouds: 12 hybrid cloud companies ushering in a new era of data management

July 3, 2019
Updated: September 4, 2019
Written by Sam Daley

Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Beinoff has called cloud computing "a better way to run your business." Most of his fellow business leaders tend to agree, with nine out of 10 reporting that hybrid clouds are crucial to the future of their companies.   

What makes hybrid cloud computing so attractive? Essentially, they combine private cloud and public third-party servers to offer businesses data storage flexibility, heightened security and cost efficiency.

Combining public and private servers lets businesses store the most sensitive information (identifiable customer information, confidential product details, etc.) on their on-site servers and use public servers for data backup and the storing of general business data.     

Netflix, Hulu, Uber and Airbnb all rely heavily on hybrid cloud data storage due to its on-demand and pay-per-use features. Netflix and Hulu experience spikes in bandwidth demand when a new binge-able series debuts on their respective platforms. Uber and Airbnb have to scale their data capabilities during peak travel periods like rush hour and spring break. Thanks to the hybrid cloud, these companies can ditch their inflexible servers, adjust their data requirements in real-time and save big money on IT in the process.   

Here are 12 companies that provide hybrid cloud services for today's business needs.

 

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Infinidat

Inifinidat

Location: Waltham, Massachusetts

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Infinidat manufactures cloud-based data storage and security devices. The company’s data management technology easily integrates within hybrid clouds to offer petabytes of storage capacity and the ability to scale across multi-tenant environments.

Industry Impact: Infinidat announced its Neutrix Cloud 2.0- a storage service for multicloud computing. One of the features of this product is its ability to be employed in a hybrid cloud replication mode in as little as four seconds.

 

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Ensono

Ensono

Location: Downer’s Grove, Illinois

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Ensono installs hybrid cloud environments into enterprise IT systems. The company has solutions for everything from managing public cloud services like AWS and Azure to securing private servers that run business-critical applications.

Industry Impact: Ensono installs hybrid clouds for well-known brands like Sonoco, Travelodge, the State of Kansas and the Guinness Book of World Records.

 

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Threat Stack

Threat Stack

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Threat Stack is a cloud infrastructure company helping hybrid clouds detect security threats with real-time alerting platforms. The platform constantly analyzes cloud data to spot potentially malicious anomalies. The platform also helps hybrid companies achieve compliance and deploy containerized projects securely.  

Industry Impact: SproutSocial, greenhouse, Iora health, Toast and Bluprint (formerly Craftsy) all trust Threat Stack to secure their clouds and maintain compliance standards.

 

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Turbonomic

Turbonomic

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Turbonomic uses AI to tackle workload automation for the hybrid cloud. The company’s AI optimizes performance, compliance and usage in real-time. Utilizing supply-and-demand techniques, Turbonomic optimizes a hybrid cloud for maximum data usage and migration.   

Industry Impact: Lockheed Martin, Expedia, PWC, and JP Morgan are just a handful of the major global brands using Turbonomic to optimize their hybrid cloud infrastructures.

 

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Caringo

Caringo

Location: Austin, Texas

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Caringo is a software provider that creates technology for accessing, storing and distributing unstructured or file-based data on a cloud. The Caringo Swarm Hybrid Cloud converts files to formats used by major cloud service providers, then acts as a data backup, storage and archival system.  

Industry Impact: Caringo recently announced the Swarm Object Storage technology that delivers infrastructure data analysis across multiple British institutions, including the UK Space Agency and the Natural Environment Research Council. This new tool allows more data to be stored in a hybrid-like infrastructure, while also facilitating cross-faculty access to information based on credentials.

 

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Unitas Global

Unitas Global

Location: Los Angeles, California

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Unitas Global manages its end-to-end cloud computing solution called the Connected Hybrid Cloud. The hybrid cloud consists of private and public cloud, orchestration, monitoring and management from the Unitas team. With the Unitas hybrid cloud, enterprises can flex their data resources, manage their cybersecurity efforts and monitor performance from a single pane.

Industry Impact: Unitas was ranked 175th on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 due in large part to its growth in the hybrid cloud sector. The company has grown by more than 500% over the past three years.

 

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Rackspace

Rackspace

Location: San Antonio, Texas

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Rackspace’s hybrid cloud computing solutions allow businesses to run their workloads on public or private servers. The company’s RackConnect hybrid cloud lets companies and organizations connect to private and public clouds from the likes of AWS, Zure, VMWare and Openstack. The flexibility of this hybrid allows for the building of multi-cloud environments and the maximizing of data storage.  

Industry Impact: Ulta, Omaze, Six Flags, Under Armour and Yeti all use Rackspace’s hybrid cloud to manage their data and build out multiple cloud environments.

 

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Mesosphere

Mesosphere

Location: San Francisco, California

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: The Mesosphere DC/OS platform automates rollout and production operations for containers and data in a hybrid cloud. The platform lets businesses scale their applications across multiple public/private clouds and data centers. Additionally, IT administrators can manage multiple clusters on different clouds from a single DC/OS platform.

Industry Impact: Mesosphere ranked #32 overall and #3 for software companies on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list that ranks the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

 

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DXC Technology

DXC Technology

Location: Arlington, Virginia

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: DXC Technology helps businesses transfer to hybrid cloud environments. The company offers a variety of solutions, including strategy planning, hybrid application integration and implementation of specialized tools for AWS and Azure. Other DXC Technology hybrid cloud tools include cybersecurity risk assessment evaluations and continuity services that protect workloads and applications.

Industry Impact: DXC Technology's hybrid cloud services are used by such well-known companies as Penske Racing, Lufthansa and the Australian Navy.

 

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Scalr

Scalr

Location: San Francisco, California

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Scalr is a hybrid cloud management platform. The company helps enterprises restore cost accountability, facilitates workflow automation and helps to control access to enhance cybersecurity protocol.

Industry Impact: The Scalr hybrid cloud management platform is trusted by well-known companies and organizations like Expedia, Samsung, NASA, Gannett, the FDA and the National Cancer Institute.  

 

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Platform9

Platform9

Location: Sunnyvale, California

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Platform9 instantly turns a businesses’ existing infrastructure into a cloud. The hybrid services allow companies to centrally maintain their VMs to support a wide range of applications, let companies adopt containers and micro-services at scale and deliver cloud-native applications at quicker rates. Using Platform9, DevOps teams can build standardized workflows across their choice of public or private clouds — or even form a hybrid cloud among a cluster of private clouds.

Industry Impact: LogMeIn, Scality, Autodesk, Bitly and Clue all use Platform9 to move their data to more flexible hybrid clouds.

 

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Pivot3

Pivot3

Location: Austin, Texas

How it’s using hybrid cloud computing: Pivot3’s Intelligent Hybrid Cloud solution helps teams manage workload mobility between private and on-premises clouds. The company’s ability to automate information sharing between private and public clouds (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud) acts as an effective cybersecurity and disaster recovery tool. The Pivot3 hybrid cloud can handle most enterprise applications and scale-out distributed architecture on-demand.  

Industry Impact: Pivot3 recently announced new policy-based security management capabilities to its hybrid cloud platform that let organizations automate the protection of sensitive information.

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