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7 Tools To Simplify Deployment & Management of Hybrid Networks

With the rising popularity and growing benefits of hybrid-cloud networks, many organizations have made or are making the shift to hybrid networks.

However, clunky legacy networking technologies add complexity to hybrid environments.

What tools can organizations use to simplify the deployment and management of hybrid networks?

To help your organization simplify the deployment and management of hybrid networks, we asked management experts and business leaders this question for their best advice. From online comparison tools to hybrid cloud management, there are several tools that may help your organization simplify the deployment and management of hybrid networks.

Here are seven tools organizations can use to simplify the deployment and management of hybrid networks:


Invest in Cybersecurity Insurance

While not a traditional tool (like SD-WAN) commonly associated with a hybrid network, insurance policies are absolutely a tool that organizations should consider when simplifying their deployment. Why consider an insurance policy with hybrid networks? Because network security is always changing and can leave organizations exposed to data breaches and cloud access. If an organization wants to simplify its deployment, ensuring that “cybersecurity” measures are covered in an insurance policy can save a company if something goes wrong.

Vicky Franko, Insura

Compare Tools Online

When quoting life insurance, we compare life insurance policies for customers from 60 life insurance companies and 500 plans. Online comparison tools make this analysis quick and easy. When looking to deploy and manage a hybrid network, it is difficult to tell the difference between IT technology companies and their offerings. Rather than do this manually, seek out online comparison tools to allow you to select the right vendor who can deploy and manage the right hybrid network.

Brian Greenberg, True Blue Life Insurance

Offer Training Resources

This may not be the technical insights CIOs are looking for, but “training” is an essential part of management in a hybrid network after deployment. Even the most simple hybrid networks can get hacked by a simple phishing email. This is why phishing training for employees is the best way to protect your hybrid network. Offer a fun and informative phishing simulation program for employees to reduce the risk of a compromised network.

Nick Santora, Curricula

Hire an Ethical Hacker

I’m a proponent of hiring an ethical hacker to test the security of systems, including hybrid networks. There can be more vulnerabilities when there are two or more network connections to a site, like a hybrid network. By hiring an ethical hacker to test the system before deployment, security can be much stronger so that deployment is much smoother.

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

Pipedrive

One of my favorite tools to use for project management for a remote team is Pipedrive. It is easy to set up, great for using across a team of people and helps you track your project from the start to finish. Working with a remote team can present a number of challenges, but Pipedrive helps us communicate better and keeps all of our information in one place for easy access.

Noah Downs, American Pipeline Solutions

Evaluate Hybrid Cloud Management Tools

Companies can centralize control of on-premises and cloud-based resources with a hybrid cloud management toolset. These types of tools provide capabilities such as cost and performance monitoring, security, reporting, and analytics. There are many third-party hybrid cloud management tools to choose from, such as CloudBolt, Scalr, Nutanix, and Embotics. Carefully evaluate hybrid cloud management tools before making your choice. Explore and test different features within your environment to select the tool that suits your organization's particular hybrid architecture. Additionally, infrastructure-as-code tools can also help manage hybrid deployment. For example, Ansible, Puppet, and HashiCorp's Terraform all provide hybrid cloud management capabilities.

Caroline Lee, CocoSign

Form Test Teams

One method for successfully launching and managing hybrid networks is to test constantly. Enlist a team of quality assurance experts to try the technology from a client perspective. Tweak settings and record the results. Ensure that data flows smoothly and quickly and that no obstructions exist in the journey between the cloud and servers. Only once you are confident that you have optimized the information exchange should you add clients into the infrastructure. Be sure to give clients a clear point of contact in case of issues, and test periodically to maintain consistent levels of service.

Michael Alexis, Teambuilding

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