Is Hybrid IT the Flexible Solution Your Business Needs?

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Hybrid IT

Technology is moving at a speed that is hard to compute. Cars that do the driving for us. Robot security guards are standing post. An Echo verbally orders our paper towels from Walmart, and in our pockets smart phones run our lives. Sensors connected to all the gadgets are deployed in the service of getting the job done in just about every industry and every business, and every home.

With all this silicon-based intelligence connected to all those sensors, the world is generating massive amounts of data and data is fast becoming the new oil fueling the digital economy.

But if data is the fuel, then applications are the engines – consuming the data, making sense of it, and putting it to work. Applications might show up in the consumer world as a mobile device pushing out an ad at the right time in the right locale. In a commercial setting, it might be a set of applications analyzing data across an organization’s entire global footprint and value chain.

In a world where everything computes, developing and deploying applications is increasingly how every organization – big and small – interacts with its audiences, be it employees, customers, or other constituents. It is by leveraging applications that the best businesses are being transformed. Conversely, those that lack the expertise to develop and deploy applications quickly are being left behind.

This, of course, has not gone unnoticed by organizations across all industries. What our customers want more than anything is a simple and consistent IT experience to run more applications on flexible infrastructure to accommodate their evolving business needs.

So how do businesses get the flexibility they need from IT? How do they seamlessly transform their IT organizations so that they can develop the applications that will transform lines of business, create new revenue streams, and offer more value to their customers?

Hybrid IT 

If you spend a lot of time in certain cloud-filled circles, you may get a whiff of the tension that exists between public and private cloud factions and the pressure to take a side.

The advice many CIOs were getting – and still are – was to rapidly get on board with public cloud services. Many did, but what became evident fairly quickly, was for even the most enthusiastic public cloud believers, that life in the public cloud was far from ideal.

The public cloud can be slow and lack the performance you might need. Service level agreements may not meet your business standards. We’ve all witnessed the public cloud outages that have brought down popular consumer and enterprise services and forced some IT shops to move applications around based upon existing service agreements.

Others have preached the virtues of private cloud, hyperconverged systems, and traditional IT. But they too have their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to cost and scale. The point is, this idea that you are either “off-prem” or “on-prem,”  is silly.

When it comes to IT, you need the right mix for your business

Whether you’re running a company, a university, or a non-profit, chances are your organization straddles across many variations of traditional IT and both cloud worlds, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. What you want, in that case, is the “non-denominational” Hybrid IT approach that can be managed seamlessly.

For most companies, data sits in a combination of locations– private cloud, public cloud, and at the edges where data is being gathered. Gartner estimates that 70 to 80 percent of today’s corporate data is locked up in traditional applications environments. By 2020, Gartner also predicts that 75 percent of that data will need to move to cloud-native applications.

The challenge for every organization is finding the right mix at the right scale, speed, and cost, which is the exact purpose of Hybrid IT.

Deploying a Hybrid IT strategy 

Hybrid IT is not a steady state. If you picture your mix of data and application types as virtual dials, every organization needs to get comfortable turning those dials up and down to accommodate different needs and different attributes required by any given instance.

For example, say you want the fastest performing application with the lowest possible latency. You’re probably going to want to develop that application internally and deploy it internally to minimize latency. In this case, private cloud is your best bet.

Say you’re developing and testing a new application but you are not sure that it is really going to light the world on fire –and latency isn’t really an issue. In this case, you can develop, deploy, and test it in the public cloud with minimal risk.

And what about all those traditional applications that keep your business running? Hybrid IT strategy can help you modernize operations and reduce costs to make more room for new applications that can drive revenue. No one wants to come up with an entirely new set of databases, or a new way of closing the books, they just want to modernize to take cost out, and move to a more efficient operational model. The goal is to make more time to work on new applications that can drive revenue. The right Hybrid IT approach can do that too.

If you need help developing a Hybrid IT Strategy give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330 or contact us at sales@enhancedtech.com for a complimentary consultation.

Samantha Keller

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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