7 things to know about hybrid cloud and hybrid IT

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Cloud computing concept with woman handEver wondered what’s with the big buzz around hybrid cloud and hybrid IT lately? Or why it should matter to you?

The simplest definition of hybrid cloud is that it is a combination of private and public cloud, but that is far from the entire story. To really grasp it, think about the challenges that businesses encounter every day. Every enterprise eventually realizes it cannot innovate fast enough to keep customers engaged while rigidly using the same longstanding, traditional tools. As Einstein brilliantly (and perhaps apocryphally) put it, one cannot expect to get different outcomes while repeating the same actions.

Continuously trying new, smarter tools for business and replacing or adapting the old ones is imperative. But changing the design of IT is costly, cumbersome and time-consuming. The good news is IT does not require an overhaul every day. It needs to be reshaped and recomposed in the right ways, depending on needs. There needs to be a process to add new parts almost instantly or remove parts that are no longer needed. Nothing can ensure this better than hybrid cloud.

Here are a few facts to keep in mind when embarking on a hybrid cloud journey:

  1. Hybrid cloud is an IT environment in which all applications and pieces of infrastructure work cooperatively, regardless of whether they run on a public or private cloud. This is why open technologies are paramount. Many users and vendors take the open source approach very seriously.
  2. Hybrid cloud can enable “cloud bursts” when needed. In a cloud burst, portable applications and workloads can scale up and quickly move between different locations and environments.
  3. Hybrid cloud is not a fad. To continuously adapt and stay strong, businesses will always need all kinds of deployments: private, public and even traditional. Hybrid IT is the new IT.
  4. Hybrid cloud is not just about using multiple clouds, but also using clouds from multiple vendors and still have it work coherently. Analyst studies from Gartner and IDC reveal that the average company is already using cloud from five to 10 vendors, and the number keeps increasing. At any given moment, businesses want to have the best tools and applications at their disposal, so vendor lock-in is not an option.
  5. Hybrid is not even just about cloud. It’s also about traditional IT and legacy applications. It’s essential to ensure that legacy applications, which usually deal with core business functions, are able to exchange information with cloud applications and databases.
  6. Hybrid cloud is not just about IT. It is also about business. It’s the logical ecosystem that can support business innovation and expansion in a fast and agile way and — at the same time — preserve the stability and efficiency of core business functions.
  7. Hybrid cloud is the preferred IT environment to support the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, where a myriad of semi-autonomous micro and macro systems must coordinate with each other. Could you imagine that’s a job that a rigid infrastructure would do?

Of those who have already started their hybrid journey, frontrunners are reaping the greatest benefits. The sooner hybrid cloud becomes an integrated part of your business strategy, the better. Start by taking the Cloud Adoption Advisor quiz to discover the ideal cloud for you.

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