Hybrid IT: Bridging the Best of Both Worlds in IT Infrastructure

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Understanding the hybrid shift

Organizations across the globe are tackling unprecedented competitive pressure. The expectations of customers, in general, have increased manifold when it comes to service, and 24x7 has become the new norm across industries. Therefore, it is imperative that companies have their applications running non-stop around the clock. However, this adds additional burdens on organizations to ensure the upkeep of the digital infrastructure without delay or interruption. Cloud has become a critical catalyst in the modernization and transformation of the IT infrastructure. It also means that an IT department has to handle a whole new dimension of IT infrastructure that doesn't give them the absolute authority over the infrastructure logistics while maintaining still-critical private cloud and data center responsibilities.

Cloud opens up newer forays to achieve digital transformation for organizations, enabling them to confront the limitations posed by the traditional legacy systems. However, though large organizations have successfully transitioned to a cloud-first model, several smaller organizations are still struggling to find an adequate footing towards moving a substantial chunk of their enterprise systems to the cloud. They are finding it difficult to fully instill cloud into their transformational strategy or are unable to derive its full value after consuming it.

In this situation, hybrid IT brings the right balance between legacy systems and cloud and helps draw applications and functionality from multiple sources as the business demands. Hybrid IT is not one technology, but it is a strategy that governs an organization's delivery and deployment processes. Hybrid IT, as the name suggests, is typically a bridge between legacy (on-premise) and cloud applications that a business can tap to derive most out of its IT solutions. Hybrid IT aims to create cloud-like delivery models by using tools on-demand/need-basis. This approach helps organizations to achieve identical service capabilities of the cloud, through a functional methodology working towards the unification of traditional in-house data center technology with cloud services. Hybrid IT brings the best of both worlds to the table.

Is hybrid IT the right option for my business?

Choosing whether Hybrid IT strategy is right for your business depends on several factors. It is easier for start-ups to move their infrastructure to the cloud as they don't have legacy systems or older software. Contrarily, established organizations have already invested heavily in their on-premise data centers, which makes it tough for them to migrate to cloud on a whim. However, on-premise systems aren't optimally equipped to handle the many complex IT challenges that have surfaced in modern times. And, choosing between all cloud or all on-premise makes it harder for the organizations to address these new-age limitations. The great news is that hybrid IT can offer businesses increased security and performance from their legacy systems by leveraging the cloud's ability to deploy applications quickly, make the application failsafe, keep infrastructure costs down, and scale capacity as needed.

How to surf the hybrid IT wave

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Now that we have understood why hybrid IT is the perfect amalgamation of on-premise and cloud systems, let's take a look at how partnering with the right technology partner can streamline your processes through hybrid cloud.

1. Automate IT operations

Managing or Automating IT operations is one of the crucial challenges companies face while implementing Hybrid IT roadmap. Also, seeking a combination of cloud and legacy infrastructure can lead to some apprehensions of complexity and operational friction. However, the merging of your on-premise systems with cloud capabilities can help drive new sources of competitive differentiation, and provide optimum support to the legacy infrastructure and processes. Several companies onboard a technology partner that can leverage AI to automate operations and monitor the resources to reduce the downtime. Companies analyze on-prem and data on the cloud to identify gaps and set up alerts for possible threats. The main goal of any Hybrid IT strategy is to simplify application deployments, manage servers optimally, and improve the security of data and infrastructure. Advanced application monitoring and management solutions ensure optimum performance of desktop, web, and mobile apps in your on-premise, cloud, or hybrid environments.

2. Manage multi-cloud setup efficiently

We understand that enterprise IT can pose a few limitations; seeming rigid and complex. Some organizations may want to leverage the cloud advantage of scalability and availability to make the most of their on-premise investment. However, they are often dissuaded by the workload migration complexities and the fear of getting stuck with the wrong provider. The increasing popularity of a multi-cloud environment can be attributed to the reputation of a single cloud set up as a long-term risk in management, resourcing, and maintaining flexibility. However, new tools and expertise in cloud deployment models are forcing organizations to rethink their IT approach.

Since Hybrid IT strategy focuses on leveraging a DevOps-driven, multi-cloud management, orchestration, and migration roadmap, companies can now employ cloud-agnostic services to orchestrate IT processes, and accelerate DevOps practices and application delivery. Some providers offer unified management of on- and off-premises resources driven by automation, control, and analytics on the single hybrid cloud management platform. Most providers provide competent tools that facilitate smooth migration of systems to a hybrid setup. The hybrid IT strategy offers the utmost flexibility to automate or minimize manual tasks, enable fast and consistent deployment, and a decline of downtime by using managed, elastic, on-premises private cloud and infrastructure at a minimal cost and risk. Hybrid IT strategy brings an agile and efficient transition to the cloud with continuous delivery through an automated deployment of end-to-end IT processes.

3. Ensure efficient IT management

Any organization looking to scale up, diversify, and disaggregate their infrastructure needs to look at a cloud solution at some point in time. A way forward in that direction is to incorporate a smart, intuitive, and agile, automated service management into legacy systems and transition to a hybrid environment. Hybrid IT strategy also focuses on optimum IT management by managing different functions including operations, R&D, analytics, reporting, and business. Integrating a cloud management platform into your on-premise set up offers ultra-agile and deployable workflows by providing elevated capabilities to orchestrate, integrate, audit, with increased social collaboration, integrated seamlessly through machine learning.

4. Mitigate risks and manage compliance

Companies dealing in sensitive data, for example, the government or banking industry, need fail-safe solutions to protect their information. The companies may have to update their security patches regularly to avoid any potential security breaches that leave their system vulnerable to threats. IT teams spend a copious amount of hours trying to find, collect, standardize, process, and eventually analyze the risks and compliance factors, making it cumbersome and expensive process. Such organizations choose technology partners that can help mitigate risk and reinforce compliance in an integrated way both for legacy systems on the cloud. Adopting a containerized approach and microservices in a hybrid environment helps reduce complexity, deliver continuity, and add layered security. It is quintessential to have solutions that offer proactive, comprehensive, consistent IT compliance and vulnerability risk management.

5. Ensure infallible backup and recovery

The transcendence to round-the-clock setup means disaster recovery has to be quick and agile. It is almost impossible to keep up with rapidly evolving and escalating demands when your legacy setup is obsolete--and a large-scale upgrade may prove to be a significant investment. If you are worried about disaster recovery and data backup of your systems, you can employ a cloud process orchestration engine with your on-premise infrastructure to pull data from your back-end whenever the need arises.

Integration of cloud capabilities with legacy infrastructure helps to simplify and standardize data protection across legacy and modern workloads and create reliable back up. A hybrid IT strategy must focus on better security for modern and legacy workloads, instant recovery through native application integrations, backup and recovery for virtual environments, along with automated disaster recovery and best-in-class platform integration including cloud.

Conclusion

Hybrid IT is helping businesses build and optimize their IT system infrastructure. Going the hybrid road helps an organization extract optimum performance and direct control capabilities of the legacy systems integrated with availability, scalability, and flexibility of the cloud. It is essential to find the right partner who will help you ride the hybrid IT tide and achieve the most out of your hybrid strategy.

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