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AWS Outposts vs. Azure Stack vs. Google Anthos hybrid storage
This article is part of the Storage issue of August 2021, Vol. 19, No. 2
People hate making choices, so they'll usually opt for something that promises the best of both worlds. IT leaders and business executives are no different, which explains why most organizations have adopted hybrid cloud strategies that combine public cloud services and private infrastructure into a centrally managed, consistent cloud environment. Until recently, the term hybrid cloud was so loosely defined that it applied to any organization using at least one public and one private cloud environment, regardless of whether they were connected or enabled workloads to seamlessly migrate from one to another. However, leading cloud providers have introduced integrated systems that enable cloud services previously only available on shared infrastructure to deploy on dedicated hardware in an organization's data center, branch offices or other facilities. Some of these, like VMware vCloud and Red Hat OpenShift, originated as private cloud software stacks that extended to shared service providers. Others, notably AWS Outposts, ...
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