This book is essential to those who strategize, architect, implement or manage cloud infrastructure. It helps readers understand hybrid IT. It focuses on the Microsoft private/public cloud concept, deploying a private cloud fabric and services, building a private cloud and integrating it with Microsoft's public cloud. What is Hybrid IT? There is no one definition. Each implementation depends on an enterprise's requirements. Why is Hybrid IT important to my business? How do you determine the business benefits of adopting hybrid cloud? Learn processes and tools for creating the right strategy. Project Planning. Who owns architecture, design and deployment when working with a service provider? What should you know about the Azure platform? Windows Azure is a core of Microsoft's cloud OS, providing a consistent platform across private, hosted and public clouds. Understanding Windows Azure components and services is essential. Private Cloud Components and Services that help to build Hybrid Clouds. What is a cloud management platform? Why do I need it? Technology and service management tools must address private and public clouds for a unified operating model. Hybrid Options in Windows Azure. Demonstrates how to use knowledge about Azure services and components to solve problems IT faces daily. Designing for Resiliency and Scalability. Focuses on approaches to ensure resiliency, availability and scalability. Optimizing for Performance. Covers options to optimize hybrid cloud performance, including network and virtual machine performance, as well as the end user experience. Monitoring and Management. Built-in and third party management and monitoring tools enable you to manage/monitor availability, health and performance of the hybrid cloud. This book will help readers better understand hybrid IT environments, how/why to implement them, and their business impact.