Fans of popular board games have surely played one of the games of skill where players are required to prevent a stack of wooden blocks from falling after players remove one piece at a time. The trick is balance, as each must compensate for the other. It demands the right combination of strategy, precision, and skill to win – because one wrong move means the whole thing comes tumbling down. Sound familiar? Typical CIOs see it every day.

IDC recently explored the balancing act playing out in the world of IT. Businesses demand agility and CIOs are actively aligning infrastructures to prepare for the Digital Transformation. At the center of highly effective strategies are new approaches to IT, advancing legacy infrastructures to meet new customer requirements. But there’s more than one approach to Hybrid IT. From Cloud and Colocation to Hosting and On-Premise infrastructures – all it takes is a little balance.

In the report from IDC “Hybrid IT: Finding the Right Mix of Cloud, Traditional Hosting, Colocation, and On-Premises Infrastructure”, analyst Rick Villars examines how organizations can engineer for agility. Research indicates nearly 80 percent of all business IT resources will be accessed through cloud within the next three years – including public, private or hybrid models. Service delivery is king, and organizations must embrace IT models allowing for more predictable expenditures.

With many tools at their disposal, CIOs need to find the combination that best matches each business environment. Cloud is one approach for high performance, on-demand applications, but On-Premise configurations are still best suited for workloads not easily moved or those requiring enhanced security and compliance. And while Cloud Managed Services have the power to initiate managed environments for crucial applications like production Websites or back-office services – alternatives like Colocation eliminate burdens of owning and operating data centers. This allows companies to tap into enhanced reliability and uptime, increased power capacity and redundancy, and robust yet affordable bandwidth.

IDC believes it’s important to team with service providers capable of supporting each company’s business case. Partners should support multiple options, managing both resources and data in and across multiple data centers. Holistic environments are essential for reliability, performance and uptime – while streamlined management eliminates complexity from time-consuming processes. The trick is creating an infrastructure demanding little administration, thus allowing CIOs to focus on more strategic initiatives.

IDC also recommends partners that are not only experts in technology, but the very processes associated with hybrid infrastructures. Strong providers are facilitators of business transformations. Hybrid IT means tough choices, and service providers should understand your infrastructure – determining resources best suited for outsourcing and critical elements to remain in-house.

Whether companies are just discovering the power of a newly digital world, or are well on their way to full-blown transformation – balance is critical. Make the wrong move and the entire infrastructure fall apart. Uncover the right approach for your infrastructure by downloading the newest report from the experts at IDC. Then take the next step by aligning with our team of experts! Time to make your next move!

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