As IT professionals aim to make the most efficient use of their budgets and time, there is a rapidly increasing range of infrastructure options at their disposal.

While public cloud services in particular have exploded in popularity, especially for organisations without the resources to operate their own data centers, a “one size fits all” myth has also emerged, suggesting that this is the most efficient and cost-effective option for all scenarios.

In reality, the public cloud may be the sexy new sports car – coveted for its horsepower and handling – but sometimes a hybrid model can be the more sensible approach, burning less gas and still getting you where you need to go.

It all depends on what kind of trip you’re taking. Or, put in data center terminology, the most effective approach depends on the type of application or workload and is often a combination of infrastructure services – ranging from public, private, hybrid and “bare metal” cloud to colocation and managed hosting, as well as in-house IT resources.

While Cloud computing will certainly change the face of IT resourcing in the future, a managed mixture of private and public resources allow you to scale up quickly and most importantly, scale back down without the infrastructure expense. Now that’s smart business practice.