Organizations of all sizes, across all industries, are embarking on a cloud transformation journey. It is a new era, a time when the customer is highly informed, highly motivated, and very much in control.
The cloud offers businesses the ability to work around the clock to ensure information is accurate and timely, and data is stored and protected. However, the transition hasn’t exactly been smooth. As more data moves to cloud environments, organizations are experiencing a loss of control of their confidential information, and the threat of a breach is more prevalent than ever.
Enter hybrid IT — a new mix of cloud and on-premises IT infrastructure that allows companies to utilize the benefits and innovations of the cloud while maintaining legacy systems and control of their sensitive data.
And isn’t balance what we all want and need?
So, what can hybrid IT do for your business?
Transforming the Physical Server Room
Historically, the process of setting up a data center involved IT decision-makers choosing servers, storage, and networking options, purchasing hardware and software (usually separately), then installing and managing each component internally, using on-site staff and resources. This process is no longer efficient for most businesses and innovations in the cloud are pulling organizations away from local data centers to compete in a larger, faster digital marketplace.
A recent Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Hewlett Packard Enterprise found that businesses migrating to composable infrastructure report faster, more flexible, and more efficient ecosystems that enable them to better meet customer expectations (92%), gain an edge over competitors (91%), and increase selling opportunities (89%).
A hybrid approach allows organizations to access the cloud without a complete overhaul of their current hardware and infrastructure.
Navigating the Cloud Through Managed Services
The reality of today’s cloud migrations is that businesses need to continue operating at full capacity while attempting to virtualize their networks. This is no easy feat, even for the largest IT budgets.
In fact, it is virtually impossible for any business to move entirely to the cloud without significantly high latency and downtime. For this reason, hybrid IT has become the new normal in today’s digital movement, and the need for third-party management is essential to a smooth transition.
Managed service providers can lighten the load when it comes to both network management and overburdened IT staff.
Rather than taking on the expense of multiple new hires, businesses can outsource their IT management needs to a fully trained, fully integrated cloud service provider that allows them to maintain control of their data and IT environments ─ while adopting innovative new technologies.
Managed services can be the key to unlocking an organization’s full potential, allowing the company to focus on its business needs rather than taking on complicated infrastructure upgrades and migrations.
Hybrid by Design — Why You Need an IT Strategy
When initial cloud adoptions began, some organizations went full steam ahead, diving into cloud environments without an established plan in place for this massive transition. Many quickly realized that a full cloud migration was more than they could bear, and the fear of losing control of their data and network forced many into a hybrid cloud environment. This resulted in an environment not fully suited to their business needs — or worse, a hybrid model that was underutilized because lack of planning put critical upgrades out of their budget.
There are some amazing “one-size-fits-all” options like HPE SimpliVity, but they are not necessarily for everyone, despite the name. It is best to know your network and understand your business needs fully before deciding on the right fit of hybrid IT. As explained in “SMB Hybrid IT for Dummies” from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Intel:
“Some data center resources are exhausted before others. For example, you may run out of storage capacity long before you run out of computing power. You need to tailor the resource allocation to meet the needs of your specific workload mix. Just as important, you need to make sure that this allocation supports those workloads with whatever uniqueness they may have.”
The key to building a successful hybrid IT infrastructure is knowing your business needs and your IT budget limits before choosing a contract.
Technology Solutions for a Hybrid World
Matrix Integration is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Platinum Solution Provider and technology solution provider with nearly 40 years of experience helping companies advance infrastructure capacity. Along with an experienced team of engineers, solution architects, and business professionals, Matrix Integration has the expertise and resource to advise companies on hybrid IT configuration, security, and automation.
Contact us today to learn how Matrix Integration can help you explore the world of hybrid IT.
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