While a virtualized hybrid cloud environment may be able to offer companies the ability to move virtual machines between data centers and a public cloud provider, the inception of this environment may not happen in the near future.

According to a report by InfoWorld, providers offering a virtualized private cloud may lose out on licensing revenue, since cloud vendors would have to provide a mechanism to allow virtual machines to operate outside of their technology.

Currently, there are no clear incentives for virtualization vendors to push the open virtualized environment.

“Regardless, it will be interesting to see how virtualization vendors roll out this technology,” wrote InfoWorld’s David Linthicum. “I suspect fees will be levied on public cloud providers, who will pass them to the public clouds' users. The public cloud option would become much less viable.”

Although a virtualized hybrid cloud environment may not come to fruition in the near future, small- and medium-sized businesses are utilizing virtualization in the here-and-now. According to a study of more than 3,000 IT professionals, 74 percent of SMBs plan to use virtualization by the end of the year.

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