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Proper hybrid cloud deployment means not repeating old mistakes

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What hybrid cloud best practices should admins know?

The hybrid cloud model is well-accepted by IT administrators, and predictions are that its use will only grow. According to the 2017 ComputerWeekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey, readying on-premises infrastructure for hybrid cloud was IT decision makers' No. 1 data center investment priority.

For those just now making the switch, there are hybrid cloud best practices to be gleaned by looking to past adopters of the model. Technology analyst Kurt Marko notes that there are several decisions an organization needs to make before committing to hybrid. Those include whether to migrate existing apps or only new ones designed to be hybrid and whether to pick  platform as a service or infrastructure as a service.

Once those decisions have been made, Marko writes, there are several common mistakes to watch for in hybrid cloud deployment. Hybrid cloud best practices include having a complete service-level agreement that is understood by both the buyer and the cloud vendor, and starting small with the cloud usage and expanding from there.

Also in this handbook is an article from TechTarget's Kristin Knapp, who writes about how businesses can optimize their hybrid cloud usage. As part of hybrid cloud management, organizations need to know which applications are best run on a cloud and which should stay on premises.

Cloud analyst David Linthicum writes that hybrid clouds may not be for everyone, and there are important questions that businesses need to ask about how applications might use hybrid cloud before making a firm decision on hybrid cloud deployment.

IT professionals know that smart organizations benefit from cloud computing's power to quickly scale resources, reduce infrastructure burdens and access applications from anywhere. But they need advice to know the hybrid cloud best practices that will allow their efforts to be effective.