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Hybrid cloud facilitates big changes in a short time

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If you think the future of your organization is in hybrid cloud, you’re not alone. According to the IBM Center for Applied Insights, 88% of enterprises at the leading edge of the cloud believe it is crucial to their business strategy and success.

Why hybrid cloud, and why now? Judith Hurwitz nails it when she says it’s all about speed how fast organizations can respond to the dizzying pace of change in business.

The need for speed and flexibility in business has been driving organizations to the public cloud for years. What’s become clear recently is that there’s really no either/or choice between on-premises and cloud operations, especially for enterprises with a significant investment in on-premises IT. It’s about having the best of both: a hybrid approach that provides the flexibility to use different deployment models for different needs.

Hybrid-Cloud-Dummies_TOC_400x640_Chapter-1But you probably already knew that. If you’re an IT decision-maker who believes hybrid cloud represents the future, you likely have a keen sense of why it has become such an imperative.

What you may find yourself struggling with now is the challenge hybrid cloud poses.

There’s much to consider as you plan and carry out a hybrid cloud strategy. You must look at the enabling technologies required for integration, data localization, operational visibility, security services and DevOps. You must consider service models for cloud delivery, such as IaaS and SaaS. You must think about how to handle business processes in a hybrid cloud environment.

Not only do you have to think through all of these elements, but you have to do it quickly. IT doesn’t have the luxury of saying “Come back in six months” when the whole point is acting fast.

Given how much has to be done quickly, one thing’s for certain: providers of IT solutions should do everything possible to make extending enterprise operations into hybrid cloud less complex. That’s one way IT can be assured of the ability to move into hybrid cloud fast.

The needs to speed and simplify are why IBM is adding cloud capabilities to much of our existing portfolio of data center solutions rather than introducing a whole new set of products for organizations to add to their IT environments.

Reducing complexity is also why it’s important to ensure that organizations enjoy integrated operation and management of IT resources, whether they are in on-premises data centers or private and public clouds. IBM is committed to an end-to-end approach to hybrid cloud in which IT doesn’t have to acquire, learn and use different tools to manage what’s on-premises and what’s not.

Hybrid cloud has the potential to permanently change for the better how organizations operate. Prepare to start your transformation by getting familiar with the fundamentals. Download your copy of the IBM limited-edition book Hybrid Cloud for Dummies. You’ll find it a very useful guide to take along on your journey to hybrid cloud.

You can also learn more about the IBM Center for Applied Insights hybrid cloud study.

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