Facing an unprecedented digital transformation, businesses have reached a critical inflection point across the technology infrastructure. While cloud adoption powers faster time-to-market and greater flexibility, many demand certain applications remain on-premises  – especially those not ready for cloud or requiring greater security and compliance. This is where Hybrid IT steps in.

Hybrid IT is the new business imperative and providers are scrambling to link customers’ on-premises and cloud applications in a seamless way. This means highly reliable network connections linking internal and cloud infrastructures – fully supporting increased usage of such applications as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).  Uptime and reliability are also critical to address peak business demand regardless of the time of day or year. This is regularly underscored by numerous high-profile e-Commerce site crashes that have occurred during past holiday shopping seasons.

The biggest decision is where to run core applications, and how to move them at will.  Increasingly popular is the use of new technologies, like containers, whether independent or used in conjunction with Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). For those hoping to re-factor applications for cloud using micro services, Hybrid IT enables a step-by-step approach to ensure legacy applications are cloud-ready without impacting the application today.

Cloud providers are also aligning to meet customer demand for a single method for deploying applications across different cloud providers. Some are taking this to the next level with fully managed environments – enabling a stronger focus to address strategic business initiatives. Even more importantly, management of the environment must be seamless and include all aspects of the technology stack: Storage, Server, Network (including SD-WAN), Virtualization and applications.

We’re also starting to see demand to failover from one cloud provider to another regardless of the Hypervisor used. This is an essential first step in engineering a cloud agnostic environment. It not only allows customers to move applications and workloads in near real-time from on-premises to cloud – crossing cloud providers or back on-premises – but also enables customers to avoid outages in a 24x7xforever business environment.

Global businesses are at a critical inflection point as technology intersects business success. But it’s now possible to avoid the technology and financial risk associated with purchasing and maintaining technology in-house – leveraging providers to match infrastructures with application need. Hybrid IT has the power to set businesses free, offering a managed option regardless of location – driving more strategic decision-making for business success. Are you ready for what’s next? See what Hybrid IT strategy can do for your business.

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