What is a hybrid IT strategy?
A hybrid IT strategy is a situation where 100% cloud or 100% physical infrastructure is not used. A mixture of cloud services and internal services is used in the IT environment. A hybrid IT strategy allows companies to maintain a centralized approach while also taking advantage of cloud advantages, such as cloud scalability, performance, and generally reduced prices.
Over the last 6 years, hybrid IT strategies have seen a growth in popularity. With recent surveys reporting that 67% have adopted hybrid cloud. This rise can be attributed to three key forces:
- A need to maintain control of data
- The cost-effectiveness of cloud components (e.g. Software-as-a-Service, Storage-as-a-Service)
- A desire to respond rapidly to changing business needs and priorities.
What the benefits of a hybrid IT strategy?
A hybrid IT strategy enables companies to maximize the benefits provided by these two approaches: control and easy access to on-premise solutions, as well as the convenience, scalability, cost, and collaboration advantages of cloud platforms. It allows companies to scale resources for each workload and choose the best application for the job. In addition, data can be stored in places dictated by regulations or safety requirements. For example, a law firm may choose to store its most sensitive data on a private cloud platform rather than a public platform.
One of the benefits of the hybrid approach is that it provides different levels of complexity. For example, you can have deep integration between cloud and private/on-premises environments, or you can design a simpler static connection that can meet functional requirements.
Another reason businesses are adopting a hybrid IT strategy is that it allows them to develop and test new applications in the cloud, before moving them back into the on-premise or private environment. This because you can rely on the cloud environment for fast, on-demand capacity, which allows new applications to be quickly prototyped and rapidly deployed.
If you are considering a hybrid approach, then we recommend that you start with a small pilot. Once you are satisfied with the ins and outs of the hybrid model, you can promote it further. Although the initial project may be small, you should keep scalability in mind. The infrastructure you deploy should be prepared for growth and be able to provide a return on investment within a specified time.
Although hybrid IT can bring many benefits to your business, success largely depends on the management used. There must be a management console that can simultaneously control cloud and local assets. This console must also use a unified set of security, user and application policies.