a.k.a. hybrid search sites -or- hybrid clouds
Hybrid means a combination of two or more things.
In the online world, this can refer to "hybrid search sites," which are a cross between a search directory and a search engine (actually, they use a human directory that's supplemented by computer indexes). Hybrid search sites cover both Internet and OSP content. AOL Search, AltaVista, Ask Jeeves, Google, Hotbot, Lycos, MSN Search, Netscape Search, and Snap are all considered hybrid search sites.
In the world of online marketing, a "hybrid model" refers to a combination of two or more payment models, such as a mix of impression-based (CPM) and performance-based (cost-per-action or cost-per-click), or a mix of two performance-based models.
A new business model was formed for venture investing known as a "hybrid company" one which combines attributes of the best VCs and incubators, implying a narrow and expert focus within a structure that leverages synergies within the domain of expertise among the portfolio of companies.
NetLingo Classification: Online Business