Hybrid can be an appealing -- yet daunting -- cloud architecture for IT teams looking for flexibility. Review these five best practices to ensure you maximize the benefits without compromising your workloads
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"Enterprises are attracted to hybrid cloud because it enables them to mix and match on-premises infrastructure, private cloud resources and public cloud services to build a cloud architecture that best fits their needs.
But since these architectures involve multiple components of different types, hybrid cloud management is often harder than operating within a single environment, whether it's on premises or in a public cloud..."
Hybrid cloud environments can deliver an array of benefits, but in many enterprises, they're becoming increasingly complex and difficult to manage
"To cope, adopters typically turn to some type of management software," writes John Edwards
. "What soon becomes apparent, however, is that hybrid cloud management tools can be as complex and confounding as the environments they're designed to support.
A hybrid cloud typically includes a mix of computing, storage and other services. The environment is formed by a combination of on-premises infrastructure resources, private cloud services, and one or more public cloud offerings, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, as well as orchestration among the various platforms..."