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AWS cloud pavilion at the 2016 CeBIT digital technology trade fair in Hanover

Plugging Your Data Center Into the Cloud: Azure ExpressRoute and AWS Direct Connect

What you need to know before buying private network links to public clouds

I’ve been a part of numerous hybrid cloud conversations revolving around connecting on-premises resources to public cloud providers.

Cloud services help with agility and reliability and allow you to become truly distributed. As Garter recently pointed out, the growth of cloud and industrialized services and the decline of traditional data center outsourcing indicate a massive shift toward hybrid infrastructure services. The firm predicts that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities.

"As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options," said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. "Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment."

Most of these hybrid cloud projects revolve around two leaders in the public cloud space: Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. Each has its own service to create dedicated links to your on-premises resources. So let’s dive in and understand these two technologies a bit more.

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