The best of both worlds: Making the most of your Hybrid IT strategy
Organisations continue to survive in times like this.
Businesses have always had to deal with the fact that they would regularly face both highs and lows and sometimes they would need to shift their plans to protect or improve against those ups and downs.
Technology, which is supposed to be part of the solution, has not been working well enough. We need a technological solution to this problem that is more “hybrid.” However, hybrid working and hybrid socialising are going to be widely in place until life goes back to normal. On the other hand, technology called “Hybrid IT” is just not enough for us.
Simply said, Hybrid IT is the combination of IT software infrastructure platforms that an emerging business uses to enable its information technology (IT) application requirements – legacy on-premise and private/public hybrid clouds. It is the best solution for companies that desire agility, scalability, and a cost model of the cloud, but must have consistency of performance, security, and costs in the long term. Hybrid IT is about choosing which workload will be hosted in the cloud, on-premise, or in both. “
Gaps in cloud compliance
The growing use of the cloud has followed a rise in cyber security threats. The skills and resources required to defend against cyber threats are getting more advanced.
There are some very specific ways that regulations such as GDPR can help individuals gain more rights and safeguards. Data that is stored locally can be identified in a local storage systems very quickly.
However, with the move away from on-premise storage, organisations that host data in the cloud are at a bit of a loss as to where the data is located. Not knowing where the data is stored could be a problem, especially for organisations that do not store the data locally.
Organizations that choose to adopt cloud technology have to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain those solutions. Will these organizations have the skills necessary to make sure data stored in private clouds is secure and compliant? Third-party organization clouds are easier for data backup, storage, and recovery, but they don’t eliminate third-party security risks for data-at-rest and in-motion.
Organizations must have a way of assessing risks with third-party clouds and ensure they are compliant and follow current standards.
Infrastructures that can alter human performance, but at what cost.
In today’s information age, organisations considering new or evolving IT infrastructures need to be more thoughtful because all options will likely not work for every organisation.
An alternative approach involves providing the flexibility of elasticity. One way many companies deal with requests in which there is increased demand but not sustained spikes is by having a cloud web server that can increase or decrease in size if more demand comes in.
For example, by increasing the capacity for the cloud infrastructure, the web server can receive more requests for web services such as emails, blogs, and the like.
For businesses that run with a pay-per-use model, public cloud can be very cost-effective. Only when a business has paid thousands of dollars for the necessary software licenses, hardware purchases, and extra security measures will it run up big costs for using public cloud. It may be more cost-effective to invest money into buying the necessary equipment as a business could buy extra capacity for spikes in demand.
When it comes to dealing with legacy workloads, one can’t ignore the costs involved. Many organizations are choosing to use co-location facilities to accommodate “smaller footprints.” To save the cost, some clients use on-premise systems to host legacy workloads.
Managed cloud services help organizations gain speed and efficiency
Many organizations are considering a move to managed cloud services to:
- Gain faster time to market.
- Focus on core competencies.
- Reduce dependency on and
use of IT resources.
- Modernize their approach to
- Cut overall costs.
Managed cloud services eliminate the need for organizations to dedicate resources to
install, configure, maintain, and manage infrastructure. Instead, those valuable resources
can focus on building strategic business applications.
The right cloud management strategy can help you create and run innovative,
differentiated applications on any public, private, or hybrid cloud with a cloud-native
The best of both worlds
Renting the spikes of an old iron base is a good alternative to owning the base; however, it offers many problems, including reduced performance and reliability, risk of a lost revenues and customers, and increased costs. When it comes to a hybrid IT strategy, this approach is a good idea, but is far from the best.
A successful business isn’t limited to one process, one application or one team or type of system. It’s the ability for all applications of technology to work together within and across different environments while being reliable, available and always ready. Now, that’s what keeps a business moving forward.