Data center strategies have shifted because many businesses now require a connected ecosystem. Enterprise IT no longer lives in a single, on-premise data center but utilizes hybrid IT infrastructure solutions to connect colocation, data centers, cloud, SaaS and managed service providers to integrate outsourced and in-house IT services for smooth delivery of business capabilities to users.

I had the opportunity to speak at last week’s AFCOM Denver Rocky Mountain Symposium about how IT is changing data center strategies and how hybrid IT benefits businesses. From scalability and clearly-defined SLAs to agile infrastructure and the ability to provide end-to-end IT solutions, a strong hybrid IT strategy accelerates the business’ return on technology investments, transforming IT departments from cost centers to true drivers of business growth and effectively managing technology and financial risk.

Businesses that don’t engage in hybrid IT increase their risk of failure by not leveraging the right platform for each workload which can also have implications on compliance and security, plus risk lagging behind competitors in growth and IT scalability. They’re less able to mitigate risk for mission-critical applications or deal with on-demand infrastructure needs. Plus, they jeopardize keeping up with competition as research shows that nearly 40 percent of the market will hybridize more than half of their IT environments by 2018. 

Contact us for a download on what you missed at AFCOM and see for yourself how to address day-to-day data center challenges while learning best practices that protect your business data.

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