What You Need to Know About AWS’s Hybrid Cloud Play

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Analyst rankings and market-share estimates for Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds show Amazon Web Services with a comfortable lead over Microsoft Azure, with Google Cloud Platform being a distant third. They rank the same in public cloud storage services, according to Gartner. A third major category of cloud services has now emerged as these players’ newest battleground: hybrid cloud, or the ability to combine customers’ own or leased data centers with public clouds.

Amazon has been facilitating hybrid cloud in one way or another almost since the inception of AWS. AWS Direct Connect and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud extend your private network to the AWS public cloud, for example. Other services like AWS Storage Gateway allow on-premises applications to seamlessly connect with AWS cloud storage, while the AWS Directory Service provides a managed Microsoft Active Directory instance in the AWS Cloud.

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