Hybrid IT Operations: 5 Ways to Prepare for the Inevitable

About 40 percent of IT organizations today have transitioned some part of their IT infrastructure to the cloud. While the majority started with stand-alone private clouds and a small fraction moved to a pure public cloud model, more and more organizations are beginning to take a hybrid approach to IT operations.

What is the impetus behind the move to hybrid IT operations? While private clouds offer you important data security, operational controls, and governance capabilities, public cloud platforms and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications are extremely attractive for their ability to drive business priorities in real time. Much of public cloud adoption originates with Business Owners, who may or may not work with IT to bring new services online. How many times have you gotten a service ticket for an application that you didn’t even know existed? While that happens even with traditional infrastructure scenarios –the cloud makes these scenarios much more commonplace. Business Owners aren’t thinking about whether or not data is backed up, what Quality of Service (QoS) implications they might be exposed to, what application or data permissions should be granted, or what audit or compliance challenges might be introduced. They just need to meet business demands.

Because these business pressures are not going to lessen, there is nothing you can do to stop the transformation of the IT landscape. Hybrid IT operations will become the new norm, and IT’s role will become more about finding the best way to adapt and manage these operations to support the business. This eBook will provide you with useful ways to prepare for this transformation and put yourself in a position to enable business growth.