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What hybrid IT means to developers and system administrators

Practical advice on everything from turning tension to your advantage to planning how to maximize the value of each technology component.

Learn how integrating DevOps with your hybrid IT strategy can drive your business forward. Report - 3.86 MB - 54 Pages

Hybrid IT is becoming business as usual for enterprise IT departments. The benefits are easy to tick off on your fingers, best summarized as "the best of both worlds"—or at least, "finding a comfortable balance between competing requirements."

At a high level, hybrid IT allows enterprises to achieve their goals by mixing and matching a broad mix of infrastructure components, from legacy IT to hyperconverged and composable infrastructures to the latest in software-defined platforms. But mixing architectures is not easy. Doing it right requires detailed planning, especially on the part of the software developers and data center system administrators who have to make everything work.

There are opportunities to make life easier for everyone concerned, primarily by bringing the development and operations staff into the conversation. Integrating DevOps in hybrid cloud deployments allows businesses to maximize cloud advantages, especially in terms of rapid prototyping and fast deployment—and can improve human business processes as well.

Embracing DevOps as part of a hybrid IT strategy limits the chances that business units will avoid central IT and pursue siloed development programs that yield potentially insecure applications. It also minimizes the potential risks associated with pure public cloud development and deployment efforts.

DevOps can be the glue that holds all the pieces together and maximizes their business value.

In this report, technology experts explain how integrating DevOps with your hybrid IT strategy can drive your business forward. You’ll find it full of practical advice on everything from turning tension to your advantage to planning how to maximize the value of each technology component.

What you’ll find inside

How DevOps is shaping central IT: How can central, traditional IT best welcome DevOps talent? Adopting four principles—right target, tech clarity, broad perspective, and API opportunity—takes IT managers and team members a long way toward making the right DevOps impression.

Getting everyone on the same page: Any DevOps migration project plan needs explicit business requirements and clear goals. Avoid the temptation to make that a buzzword laundry list; business requirements make a more essential guide than tables of technical correspondences. Direct the work toward a positive target, rather than just away from the cloud.

Serverless and the rise of the non-developer developer: Plenty of employees are building applications without “developer” in their titles. Nowhere in their objectives does it say that they must develop code. It’s just something they have to do to increase sales, to use predictive maintenance to stop their sewage pumps from failing in the middle of winter, or to make their factories safer and more efficient. As you design a hybrid IT plan, it’s wise to take into account the needs of these non-developer developers, because IT’s job may move away from deploying applications to deploying resources.

Driving central IT to the hybrid IT model: Consider business value before architecture. IT managers get hung up on specific technologies—public cloud, private cloud, on-premises, SaaS, and so on—but before you commit to any change, define which elements of the technology stack give you competitive value and which are basic sustaining technologies that are not unique. Don’t ignore the potential benefits of the oncoming wave of hybrid IT applications and services.

Brokering multiple clouds and services: In a hybrid world, IT stops being a provider of a single service and instead brokers a variety of options for internal customers. That's a good thing. An IT-supported service broker can minimize business units going “out of the box” for their own solutions. Here's how to get started as a hybrid IT service broker.

From CapEx to OpEx and back: Hybrid IT technologies have been shown to play a crucial role in enhancing the efficacy and efficiency of enterprise revenue streams. But that requires thinking about these projects across their entire lifecycles.

DevOps lessons in software, infrastructure, and business success: Moving from the legacy environment of so-called central IT to a hybrid IT environment requires upfront and ongoing costs. Therefore, the transition to hybrid IT technology must itself be cost-effective. Fortunately, with a modicum of forethought, it is.

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