Hybrid IT

What is Hybrid IT?

A hybrid enterprise computing approach combines enterprise IT infrastructure with public cloud services for various enterprise workloads and data needs. Many organizations are realizing that they must adopt a hybrid IT approach to deal with this reality. As business becomes increasingly digital and cloud technologies continue to grow at a rapid rate. So many organizations have embraced the cloud, but not all organizations can jump fully into the cloud. They’re using hybrid IT to support specific business outcomes.

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Why hybrid IT?

There are many reasons for choosing to keep things in-house, including cost, security, and so on. It’s not easy for any business to run in the public cloud. But, it makes perfect sense for them to leverage this public cloud for those parts of their operations that don’t make sense for their on-premises infrastructure.

With hybrid IT, businesses can use the cloud to supplement their on-premises resources, getting much-needed scale and agility while not investing in additional capital infrastructure or having to get rid of legacy investments. Hybrid IT also allows organizations to choose where they store their data, depending on their preference or regulatory and compliance requirements.

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Organizations may seek a hybrid IT approach if:

  • Regulations or security concerns require certain resources to reside on-premises
  • They’re still getting value out of their existing IT infrastructure
  • They want or need to maintain centralized IT control
  • They have legacy systems that can’t run in the cloud
  • They’re not ready to go fully cloud or are just starting to try out cloud services
  • Unlike hybrid cloud, the in-house and cloud resources in a hybrid IT environment are not integrated to work together as one.

Challenges of hybrid IT

While it’s an appealing option, it can bring new challenges, especially if you’re not sure which platform you should use for your software solutions. In an environment where workloads, apps, and data are spread out across multiple physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures, the use of hybrid IT inevitably makes things more complicated. It’s critical that IT organizations maintain the visibility, control, and security of their hybrid IT environments.