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When presented with all the potential capabilities of the cloud, almost any IT professional can be overwhelmed, especially when all the potential risks are factored into its use. At times like these it is best to simply take a step back and not over-think your cloud strategy. The key is to start small, with something that the cloud is particularly good at and that a data center is not. There are a few obvious choices, cloud backup, and file sync and share for example. One that is overlooked is using the cloud as a file server replacement.

Hybrid First

Each of the above use cases are delivered better when a hybrid model is used. As we described in “What is Hybrid Cloud Backup” this often entails putting a physical appliance on-site and having that appliance replicate data to the cloud. This provides a low latency, high performance, local…

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