How a Hybrid IT Model Can Accelerate Your Success

October 12 - 2020

A good Hybrid IT model will help you align and achieve your business and IT goals.

 

What is Hybrid IT?

For example, it can provide the flexibility to mix and match your legacy systems, cutting-edge infrastructure, cloud services, and software platforms. The right mix can simplify your IT, move the right pieces to the cloud, and create efficiencies to help your business grow faster.

88% of IT directors say they are adopting a Hybrid IT approach, according to a survey by Forrester. While 89% say it will contain a dedicated hybrid cloud strategy.

Hybrid IT is an approach to enterprise computing using the best of on-premises IT solutions along with cloud services, such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). It can optimize performance while minimizing costs in your journey to the cloud.

A mix of IT solutions that might include:

  • Legacy hardware and infrastructure

  • Public cloud

  • Private cloud

  • Multi-cloud

  • Multi-tenant cloud

  • Hybrid cloud

  • Colocation (Colo) services

Cloud computing has become the new normal for IT, according to Gartner. Hybrid IT is quickly becoming the standard. They estimate that less than 5% of enterprise workloads will be running on-premise private clouds in 2020.

What are the benefits of Hybrid IT?

Using a hybrid IT approach provides several significant benefits for businesses of all sizes, including:

  1. Lower Costs

  2. Flexibility & Scalability

  3. Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

  4. Reliability

  5. Data Security

Lower Costs

By migrating some services to the cloud, businesses can lower their capital costs. Many services can be launched without any upfront costs. This also mitigates maintenance costs, which can fluctuate greatly when businesses handle it in-house. When SaaS, IaaS, or PaaS services are part of a company’s cloud migration, third-party providers handle the maintenance, updates, and patches.

With much of the workload migrated to the cloud, there’s less reliance on in-house experts. This can relieve some of the burdens on already overworked IT teams.

Flexibility & Scalability

When buying hardware for on-premises use, such as servers, it’s common to overbuy capacity so you won’t need to replace expensive hardware in the future. Stanford researchers found that 80% of in-house data centers have way more server capacity than is necessary.

Hybrid IT means you’re only paying for the capacity you need right now with the opportunity to scale rapidly as your business evolves. When Deutche Bank, for example, migrated to a hybrid cloud, it was able to run more than 40% of its workload using just 5% of its infrastructure - saving on resources and reducing the time from concept to production by several months.

Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

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In case of a disaster of failure, the faster your business can back up and running, the better. Moving your data to the cloud provides a faster pathway to recovery. Your business can continue from remote locations in case you don’t have access to your physical location.

If you work with the right cloud providers, you can store your data on redundant servers across geographically-diverse data centers. In an emergency, there will be no data loss.

 

Reliability

Major data center providers have built-in redundancy. This includes on-site generators, dual power sources, and transfer switches to provide a seamless experience in case of a power issue. Sites are monitored 24x7 by IT professionals for reliability and performance.

Data Security

89% of CISOs say that cybersecurity is their top concern for 2020. Hybrid IT provides a more secure option for businesses. By keeping sensitive, proprietary, or critical data off the public cloud, you can mitigate the risks while still having the benefits of cloud computing. Containers and APIs can transmit workloads and resources in a private cloud while less sensitive workloads take place in the public cloud. You can also limit your data risks by encrypting data while it’s at rest or in transit.

In a comprehensive study of 2,650 IT leaders, the hybrid model was seen as the most secure topping even fully private cloud, on-premises solutions.

How We Can Help with Hybrid IT

IT equipment and infrastructure give your staff the ability to connect and keep the business running, but it takes a lot of training, time, and people to keep it all working at optimal levels. We can develop a customized solution for your business and reduce IT headaches.

Staffing, including virtual IT teams, can augment your in-house services or handle all your IT needs. IT planning and roadmaps can assess your current systems for performance improvements, craft a plan for hybrid cloud deployment, and create a pathway for migration.

We can help you design and deploy a custom Hybrid IT solution for your business. We design solutions that optimize your workload and drive your business forward and can handle procurement, deployment, and migration to the cloud to ensure everything runs smoothly. This includes solutions, such as:

  • Server Virtualization

  • Enterprise Storage

  • Data Management

  • Data Center Convergence

  • Networking

  • Mobility Solutions

  • Application Delivery

We offer a variety of managed and packaged services to handle your Hybrid IT needs so you can focus on business. We also provide services such as end-user support, infrastructure support, software management, and imaging and deployment.

We can also handle your ongoing maintenance and staffing needs. With more than 11,000 technical certifications, our staff can handle any IT staff with consistent, efficient, and cost-effective service.

We are truly a one-stop source for hardware and platforms, system design, and IT solutions.

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