Hybrid Doesn’t Have to Mean Half-Strength Cloud Service

“We are in the midst of a once-in-a-decade shift in the technology landscape. The market is evolving from traditional on-premises-only IT to a hybrid strategy…” Solar Winds, Survey, IT Trends

The hybrid strategy alluded to in the quote refers to an IT infrastructure mix and match. The organization provides and manages some of its IT in-house IT and goes outside for others. It is a composite and cross-connect and involves a partial, but not total, commitment to the cloud.

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Why total cloud migration isn’t happening

Full migration to the cloud is never going to be a reality for most businesses, according to one Forbes Magazine piece. Existing, as well as legacy, in-house infrastructures, systems, and enterprise software are the clean bath water and the baby is still thriving. Neither the baby nor the bath water will be thrown out anytime soon, according to the Solar Winds survey, which reported the following:

  • Only 10% of the over 250 IT managers surveyed felt they were likely to go “all-in” to the cloud. No surprises here. In addition to remaining legacy systems, security and compliance issues will block full migration.
  • Only 43% of those surveyed estimated that half their organization’s complete infrastructure would be on the cloud within three to five years. Database and business applications head the list for eventual migration to the cloud according to the survey.
  • The majority, 60%, said that it was unlikely that all of their infrastructure will ever be migrated to the cloud. Again, 75% of the responders cited security/compliance as the top reason. Legacy technology and the work required to migrate to the cloud came in second and third, respectively.

Why the hybrid cloud model is appealing

Significantly, 80% of the survey group said they intend to continue along the hybrid cloud road, which appeals to enterprises for the following reasons:

1. The hybrid model makes the best case for public cloud computing.

Users can keep their proprietary data local and rely on the cloud for analytical processing. The foregoing is an attractive alternative to sending gigabytes of proprietary operational data to outside storage and custody with the attendant compliance and security risks.

2. With the hybrid model, users can match and mix.

That mixing and matching would be users’ local infrastructure resources with cloud services. Local assets are bought and paid for, but not readily scalable. The cloud, however, is eminently scalable. Subscribers pay for what they use and can get additional service without capital outlay. The idea is to place the business applications and supporting infrastructure on the best platforms and span the processing load.

3. The hybrid model validates local IT dependence.

This adds credence to the notion that not every IT resource should exist in the cloud—and some resources or data may never migrate to the cloud. Issues of compliance, performance, and security concerns will not go away soon. Nevertheless, the hybrid cloud will continue to help everyone to get a better understanding what to send to the cloud and what to keep close.

What’s in it for Dallas area businesses?

Consider the hybrid cloud if you:

  • want to reduce your IT costs appreciably and reinvest those savings towards further modernization
  • would like to free up your IT support staff to stay ahead of your business growth plans, instead of chasing bugs and glitches

Conclusion

Hybrid cloud services are the future of business IT. Dallas businesses running much of their workload in the cloud not only save on IT costs, but they also tend to divert those savings to improved business outcomes.

Finally, there’s the “readiness bonus.” Businesses that commit in the hybrid cloud tend to be the leaders in developing an agile IT infrastructure. They are also positioned to be ahead of their competition when it comes time to adopt the next great enterprise cloud innovations.

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