Getting Started with Hybrid Cloud using Windows Server and Windows Azure

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We expect in the not too distant future that the typical enterprise datacenter will be defined by hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud is essentially when you connect two cloud resources together, where those resources are located in different clouds and managed by different entities. For example, one cloud can be a public cloud like Microsoft Azure and the other cloud could be your on-premises private cloud. Another viable definition of hybrid cloud is where you have one part of the infrastructure hosted in a cloud environment and the other resource in a traditional IT infrastructure, such as when you host some of your resources in a public cloud like Microsoft Azure and some of the resources on-premises in your traditional datacenter (or even your highly virtualized datacenter). The key takeaway here is that some of your resources will be hosted in two different infrastructures where at least one of them is cloud. A natural question is “where do I start”? That’s a great question because the hybrid cloud model is probably new to you. You’ll want to know the issues that you need to consider that might be different, or at least interpreted differently, for hybrid cloud versus on-premises traditional or virtualized datacenters. That is the crux of this curation. The articles in this curation are intended to help you get started on your path to hybrid cloud and the information contained within will help you get started by enabling you plan, design and deploy a well-architected hybrid cloud infrastructure from the start. Let’s get started!

07 Mar 2014