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Shifting to a Service-Driven Hybrid IT Strategy with Managed Colocation

June 27, 2017

Powering Your IT Environment Across Multiple Deployment Models

The Hybrid Path to Success

Hybrid IT works well for businesses who want to explore integrating cloud solutions, but also keep on-premise systems in place. It’s fairly common to keep an on-premise solution operational due to legacy restraints, security, or storage latency—hybrid IT makes this possible.

Hybrid IT also brings a number of impactful business advantages. According to IBM, businesses are using hybrid strategies to:

  1. Reduce total cost of ownership
  2. Improve operational efficiencies
  3. Enable innovation
  4. Meet customer expectations with ease

Fruits of Hybrid IT + Managed Colocation: A Service-Driven Strategy

A hybrid strategy gives organizations a way to access the best of all deployment worlds and achieve IT goals using the models that make sense for each, rather than having to adjust particular systems and applications due to being limited to one model, such as an internal data center, for instance.

IBM explained that hybrid cloud enhances business operations by delivering better organizational agility and speed, facilitating the reallocation of internal resources, and enabling the ability to identify the relationship between IT and business.

These are all great advantages. But for businesses who are realizing the benefits of hybrid IT, managing environments across multiple deployment models also comes with the territory, and it’s not always easy. A hybrid IT environment can consist of any combination of deployment models, including on-premise data centers, third-party data centers, and public and private clouds. While there are a multitude of scenarios which create the need to go hybrid, managing such an environment can sometimes be difficult on top of all of the other endeavors and responsibilities of the average IT department.

Here are some of the challenges a business using a hybrid approach might face:

  • Security

    Securing a multitude of platforms can be problematic. Each will need patching, which means knowing what specific software and hardware versions are in use and when they need to be changed out.

  • Capacity planning

    Knowing the capacity needed for changing demands across multiple deployment models can become complicated quickly.

  • Capex considerations

    An internal data center means managing physical hardware, which means that a hardware refresh will eventually become a consideration. When it does, significant capital outlay may be required, and could take away from the attention to other deployment models.

This is where considering managed colocation options start to make sense. There are a lot of objectives hybrid IT supports, but it becomes more efficient when management responsibilities can be offloaded. Customers can receive consistent managed services across diverse environments while placing their focus on the technology objectives that are truly driving the business. Managed colocation can also serve as an initial step for customers who have long-term goals to move more environments to the cloud.

Shifting to a service-driven hybrid IT strategy, rather than scrambling to manage multiple diverse environments, can be the key to hybrid success for many organizations. Enlisting the help of a managed colocation partner means that hands-on physical infrastructure responsibilities are no longer a burden, and a number of operational enhancements can be expected:

  • Improved efficiency
  • More accurate resource allocation
  • Faster response times

Deciding if Managed Colocation is Right for You

There are many reasons to consider managed colocation as a way to enable a hybrid IT strategy. If in-house resources are limited or unequipped to manage a complex, diverse environment, risking it can present difficulties. Hybrid IT can generate a lot of benefits, but it can be complicated without the right help. Also, for many businesses, internal IT resources are best utilized for valuable projects that contribute to generating revenue, rather than tedious infrastructure management tasks. Such obligations are necessary, but not typically rewarding for employees, or valuable for business.

If your business is wondering whether adding managed colocation into your hybrid IT strategy will work well for you, contact us. We assist many customers by providing managed services that eliminate tedious administrative tasks and help simplify the management of widespread environments. Get in touch with us today at www.peak10.com/contact-us or (866) 473-2510 to speak with one of our experts.

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