Unless all your workloads run in a single IT environment such as your on-premise data center, you are likely already using hybrid IT. If you aren’t, you probably will soon.
Most companies find certain applications and workloads work better in one IT environment than others. Unfortunately, it’s not always the same one. As a result, it’s often necessary to maintain multiple IT environments to help ensure optimal performance.
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Companies of all sizes have a diverse range of business requirements and goals, and even more applications and workloads designed to help meet them. Many things are changing: how business is done, customer preferences, business drivers, technology, regulatory requirements and more.
New applications are being developed to keep pace and others modified to meet emerging needs. Innovative tools are being devised to combat the constant barrage of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and to maintain data privacy and security. New software and equipment are continually released that are stronger, faster, more efficient and, where practical, more sustainable. Cloud environments make them possible.
However, there are some things that aren’t changing. Or, they are changing in ways that make moving to the cloud impossible or at least undesirable at this time. It could be a matter of regulatory compliance; a lack of support from or understanding among upper management support; or any number of other issues. While you may be able to move some workloads to a cloud environment, you may still need to maintain an on-premise IT environment for others.
Move Your Hybrid IT Strategy Forward
If you already have hybrid IT in place, formalized or not, you’ve probably gone through the exercise of determining which of your workloads can and/or should be moved to the cloud or an off-site data center. Or, you’ve at least tested the waters to get a feel for how outsourcing and/or cloud technologies work. That checks off a couple of key steps integral to creating a hybrid IT strategy.
If that’s the case, move forward and assess what’s working and what isn’t. Are your applications running at the desired performance levels? Is your data well protected? Are you seeing cost savings or other benefits? You will need to supplement your findings with additional data but you are already off to a good start in developing a foundation for your hybrid IT strategy.
If you are still operating with only one IT environment, it is time to consider how effective your current approach is versus outsourcing some or all of your applications to an off-site data center, a hosted private cloud or a public cloud service. Chances are you will discover that “one IT environment does not fit all.” Hybrid IT — matching your workloads and applications to various IT environments for optimal performance — is the way to go.
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