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Foundations of Hybrid IT

Hybrid IT's operating model provides the agility, flexibility, and innovation needed to drive your business forward.

Strong companies excel at quickly executing on great ideas, turning data into a valuable asset, and keeping costs in check. Success in these areas is often determined by the technology infrastructure that supports them. That's why the hybrid IT model is fast becoming an IT favorite.  

Companies are learning that the advantages of cloud computing can be quickly lost when they lose control of the underlying infrastructure. Moving from on-prem data centers to a pure cloud environment can seem tempting, but it's not right for every workload. That's why the future of IT infrastructure is likely to be a hybrid of private cloud, public cloud, and traditional IT.

At its core, hybrid IT is an operating model that emphasizes agility, flexibility, and innovation. It enables businesses to mix and match legacy IT, cutting-edge hyperconverged and composable infrastructures, and the latest in software-defined platforms, as needed, to deliver the desired business results.

Importantly, the hybrid IT model includes flexible consumption plans that enable cloud economics across all platforms. If you’re exploring this new model, you’re headed down a popular path: By 2018, 50 percent of data center spending will be for pay-as-you-go usage models, according to IDC.

A hybrid IT model enables IT to deliver on key business goals: 

  • Increase customer engagement, share of wallet, satisfaction, and loyalty
  • Create new areas of profitable growth and differentiation
  • Reduce risk and lower operational costs by accelerating and driving efficiency

This report explains what hybrid IT is, why it matters in today’s fast-moving world, and how to get the most from this new operating model. It covers the foundational technologies required to set up a hybrid IT infrastructure, the questions you’ll need to address, and challenges that might crop up along the way.

What you’ll find inside:

Why hybrid IT is the future: The hybrid IT operating model disrupts old ways of thinking and leads to innovative ideas and growth. Read why hybrid IT is about exploration and finding a new, more competitive business model.

Survival skills: Everything you want to know about clouds and hybrid IT is spelled out. Learn more about the various cloud options and services, and why the cloud isn’t right for everything.

How to evolve your infrastructure to hybrid IT: The path to hybrid IT is dictated by business needs. Deployment requires buy-in from both business and IT, and finding the right balance between CapEx and OpEx will be critical. 

How hybrid IT enables the software-defined data center: It’s a complex path to a fully virtualized hybrid IT environment, but the boost in performance, agility, and cost benefits is worth it. Get up to speed on the major concepts and technologies you’ll need to move forward.

Packaging your environment for hybrid IT: Understanding the appropriate use cases for VMs and containers is key. Learn why containers shouldn’t be used in a vacuum and why appropriate management tools are important.

The edge vs. central IT: You’ll need a strategy for how to handle the data collected by sensors and monitors in the Internet of Things, as well as where to locate the compute power, storage, and analytics engines essential to successful IoT implementations.

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