Cloud-based services are a big part of everything we do today. From consumer-based systems, streaming services, and storage solutions all the way to running/saving data for business, the cloud is an integral part of everyday life. Different types of clouds serve unique functions. Some offer infrastructure as a service, some offer platform as a service, while others offer software as a service. If you’ve ever used Amazon web services or Microsoft Azure, then you’re undoubtedly familiar with the different service models. The former offers SaaS while the latter offers all three (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). Many organizations also use a hybrid cloud deployment model – a model composed of a public and private, or some other configuration of two or more Cloud models – for most of their business. Hybrid clouds are secure and scalable, making them a great option for most businesses. Here is a quick guy to hybrid clouds, what they can do, and keeping them secure.