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Introduction

Introduction

Key pointOverwhelmed by the amount of data your IT management tools generate? Get on top of your IT infrastructure, cloud and application problems using a hybrid IT management approach. With hybrid IT management, you can reduce cost and downtime, quickly identify and resolve issues before they impact your customers and get a leg up on your competition.

This guide lays out key information and helps answer common questions about a hybrid IT management approach for your IT infrastructure, multi-cloud environments and applications, so you can make the best possible decision for your business.

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The amount of management data to keep my IT infrastructure, cloud environments and applications up and running optimally is unmanageable and not fully integrated.

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Many people are surprised to learn that integrating IT management data across multiple tools is more attainable than ever. By selecting the right building block solutions along your hybrid IT management journey, you can ensure the options you choose can be integrated across your infrastructure, cloud and application environments. And because executing a hybrid IT management strategy is so powerful and efficient, you'll actually be able to cut back on many of your IT expenses.

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Today's hybrid IT management strategy applies to different environments, workloads and capabilities, so you can choose the building block solutions that are right for your business needs and budget. Even though your management data might currently be manageable or even integrated, you might need new hybrid IT management solutions as your IT environment changes or expands.

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Better manage your hybrid environment

Better manage your hybrid environment

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IT Infrastructure performance

Key pointDon’t be reactive when you can be proactive. IT operations solutions with embedded analytics can help you deliver quality service and superior experiences to your end users. Look for a mature suite of solutions that let you identify and resolve problems faster, before your customers ever know.

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Multi-cloud connectivity

Key pointThe fog is lifting. There are now solutions to help you get clear visibility into multi-cloud environments and provision, orchestrate and define policies from a single console. You can even deploy workloads onto the right cloud environment while taking the guesswork out of the picture.

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Application services

Key pointHappy today, happy tomorrow! Don’t rewrite code and hire new skills just to move your existing apps to the cloud. The right application server solutions will let you create, connect and optimize your apps wherever they are to help you increase your speed to market and reduce costs.

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Application performance

Key pointWhen your customers are thrilled, your business thrives. Application experience is all about customer satisfaction. Look for solutions that not only allow you to get apps into market faster, but also help you ensure their availability and performance.

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We need to rewrite our current applications to move them to the cloud.

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Replacing or rewriting your applications can allow you to migrate them to a cloud environment, but it’s not the only way to get results. Using an application server solution as one of your hybrid IT management building blocks can give your existing applications a new life when seamlessly migrated to the cloud.

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With an application server solution as part of your hybrid IT management strategy, you’ll get seamless migration to the cloud without having to overhaul your current applications.

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Prioritize problem resolution

Prioritize problem resolution

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Prioritize performance

Hybrid IT management solutions give companies the power to identify and resolve IT problems quickly and proactively, so the number of issues are reduced and customer service and experience are improved.

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Harness existing applications

Hybrid IT management solutions allow companies to seamlessly move apps to the cloud in minutes. It can be simple and surprisingly more affordable than rewriting or other alternatives.

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Reduce management data

With integrated hybrid IT management tools and embedded analytics, management data can be consolidated and integrated, allowing for quicker problems identification and resolution, yielding less cost and more operations efficiency.

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Maximize customer experience

With hybrid IT management solutions, you can reuse existing applications on the cloud and get new apps into the market faster, with maximum availability and performance. This leads to a better user experience and increased customer loyalty.

What do you think?

We need to manage our IT infrastructure, cloud environments and applications separately.

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The time for an integrated hybrid IT management strategy infused with real-time analytics is now, and you’re at risk of falling behind if you wait. Keep reading to find out how beginning your journey on a hybrid IT management strategy with real-time analytics will make you more competitive.

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The time is now for for an integrated hybrid IT management strategy infused with real-time analytics. So whether you’ve already started migrating to this strategy or you’re planning to do it soon, you’re on the right track. Keep reading to find out how an integrated hybrid IT management strategy including analytics makes the management of your IT infrastructure, cloud and application environments even more powerful and predictive.

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Plan for the future

Plan for the future

Real-time analytics

When your competitors are keeping their customers delighted and analyzing tons of management data in a proactive, integrated way, you can’t afford to fall behind. If you haven’t made the leap to an integrated hybrid IT management environment that leverages real-time analytics, you’ll need to do it soon. Stay competitive in this market with a hybrid IT management solution that unites your infrastructure, cloud and applications data and predicts problems even before they arise.

Speed of innovation

The world’s most successful businesses are constantly innovating. If you want to stay competitive, you have to make sure your application rollout is as fast and seamless as possible. An integrated hybrid IT management environment will help you accelerate the implementation and delivery of your apps, getting them to market without dragging down your IT infrastructure or inconveniencing your customers.

Integrated management tool

Hybrid IT management helps you improve problem identification and resolution, lower costs and deliver applications to your customers at any touchpoint, or at any time. To make this management suite successful, you’ll need integration of all your management and performance data. Hybrid IT management delivers high-performance and high-availability at lower costs and enables easy and flexible ways to provide customers with a great experience, fast.

Multi-cloud environment

Cloud environments offer undeniable advantages, but they also come with a unique set of challenges. Managing multiple clouds that are connected together and to your underlying IT infrastructure can be difficult. Predictive and integrated hybrid IT management tools reduce complexity while increasing performance and availability, allowing you to maximize the benefits of your end-to-end IT and cloud environments.

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We can’t implement an integrated hybrid IT management solution because we already have pieces of it installed.

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It's not all or nothing with a hybrid IT management strategy. The building block solutions of IT operations management, hybrid cloud management, application server and application performance management can be implemented at your own pace and according to your business needs. Hybrid IT management building blocks are valuable additions to achieving efficiency and insights into your IT infrastructure, cloud and application environments whether you’re in the process of implementing a few or all of them, even if you already have some in place.

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You're on the right track toward implementing a hybrid IT management strategy. The building block solutions of IT operations management, hybrid cloud management, application server and application performance management can be implemented at your own pace and according to your business needs. Hybrid IT management building blocks are valuable additions to achieving efficiency and insights into your IT infrastructure, cloud and application environments.

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It's not all or nothing

It's not all or nothing

Key pointIf you are not ready for the full hybrid IT management solution, consider the building blocks:

IT operations management

Many IT Operations departments already have tools for monitoring and managing their operations environments. If your tools aren't integrated, if your data isn't correlated or if your analytics are not embedded, it might be time to look at more innovative and optimized solutions.

Multi-cloud management

One cloud or multiple clouds – they still need to be managed. Many IT Operations Managers are having trouble connecting and managing multiple clouds. It’s even more difficult to then connect them and manage them to the underlying IT infrastructure. If current tools being used can’t manage “multi-cloud” environments, or don’t provide ways to monitor workloads or allow for automatic recovery when issues arise, a hybrid IT management solution that provides management automation might be a better option.

Application server

Some IT organizations may be using solutions to manage their application workloads, but find them hard to use when trying to migrate applications to the Cloud. If current tools being used don’t allow for simple and seamless migration of existing applications to the cloud, it may be time to look at other options and consider more functionality from integrated hybrid IT management approaches.

Application performance management

Many application performance management tools today work – but are they really providing the effective management and performance of complex applications across a hybrid environment? Do they provide full visibility into the applications end-to-end? Today, many apps are failing or not working properly all the time. The right set of application performance management tools are needed to diagnose and resolve application issues faster and more accurately – even predict them before they occur! It may be time to rethink your options using a hybrid IT management approach.

Take the next steps

Take the next steps

Questions for your vendor

  • How will this solution perform as management data increases?
  • Does this solution give end-to-end visibility of availability and performance of my IT infrastructure, multi-cloud environments and applications?
  • Does this solution allow me to predict problems and resolve them before they arise?
  • Does this solution allow me to reduce my costs and increase my IT environment performance and availability?
  • How does analytics fit into this management solution?

Key pointAs the amount of IT, cloud and application management data continues to surge, you’ll face more challenges when it comes to identifying and resolving problems quickly. Your customers will become increasingly more impacted, harming the reputation of your business. Assessing and implementing a true hybrid IT management solution allows you to get control over the performance and availability of your IT infrastructure, cloud networks and business critical applications. Hybrid IT management solutions are ideal for meeting growing performance demands while bringing speed, scalability and savings to your business. IBM’s mature portfolio of hybrid IT management solutions fits a range of budgets, workloads and performance profiles.