Hybrid IT is gaining tremendous momentum in the tech industry. Infoworld.com recently highlighted the fact that hybrid IT is quickly outshining many other IT options, even public cloud, as the preferred strategy for getting the most value out of your data.
There are three key components of building a scalable hybrid IT strategy: infrastructure, cloud and management. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to creating the right mix of services and responsibilities, but as hybrid IT becomes the path forward in today’s evolving data market, it is important to strategically plan out how you can work with a provider to streamline your IT operations and ensure you get the most out of your investments.
The core principle that connects all of these areas is integration. Integration is at the heart of innovation when it comes to utilizing data to help achieve organizational objectives and growth. Regardless of how you combine services and solutions, invest in talent and expertise or expand your infrastructure, integration enables you to derisk your operations and leverage business intelligence to inform important decisions.
Below we’ll examine key considerations of each component of hybrid IT and how a fully-integrated approach can ensure that you have the most visibility, control and ROI from your environments.
Determine your infrastructure requirements.
As your organization has expanded your data footprint, your IT department has probably been experiencing the strain brought on by a need for more: more power, more cooling, more space and more personnel. Building new processing capacity on-site is becoming a less viable option, given the capital expenses required and the resources needed to maintain the space, equipment, power and cooling systems over the lifetime of the solution.
Partnering with a data center provider can eliminate many of the restraints associated with expanding your physical infrastructure. Your data center partner can help you rationalize, centralize and consolidate your infrastructure. If you are working with limited capital, colocation gives you access to advanced technology, state-of-the-art facilities and expert support with little or no upfront costs.
Additional advantages of moving some or all of your IT into a cutting-edge data center are the advanced monitoring, security and integration capabilities. When considering DCPs, make sure your partner is invested in both physical and logical security and is monitoring your environment 24x7x365 for attempted breaches. Also, scalability is pivotal to avoiding roadblocks in the future and should provide a seamless transition without causing disruption to your existing environments.
Embrace a hybrid cloud model.
CIOs from every industry, financial to federal, are embracing the elasticity, agility and scalability offered by hybrid cloud strategies. Just this month, Forbes.com highlighted the key benefits of hybrid cloud computing, “Hybrid cloud solution providers can help enterprises successfully achieve digital transformation by enabling them to focus on innovative and transformative software development.”
The ability to innovate is rooted in the ability to integrate your cloud environments into one management strategy and then strategically map your applications to the right environment depending on your elasticity, security and compliance requirements.
Derisk your monitoring, management and maintenance plan.
With multiple locations, multiple cloud environments and multiple vendors, the key concern is always how to avoid gaps. Gaps in security, gaps in compliance and gaps in responsibility. Visibility and control don’t have to be compromised as you move to a more hybrid model, rather they should be enhanced with a big-data analytics solution that offers convenient access through a single operational portal.
Your management portal will serve as an on-demand, 360 degree view into how your environments are performing and can help you identify potential problems before they occur. This access and insight will help you plan for hardware, power and storage needs, leading to streamlined operations, reduced costs and more opportunity.
To best streamline management, it is important to centralize insights from your DCIM solution, clouds, business support solutions, operational support systems and any external integrations.
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