Hybrid IT Environments on the Rise

The emergence of cloud services platforms is presenting organizations of all sizes with IT challenges, as well as opportunities, changing the information and communications needs of both internal and external 'customers'. Demand for more open and flexible information and telecom services is leading growing numbers of organizations and the services providers who serve them to adopt hybrid IT approaches that combine both private and public clouds, and that's changing the role of IT professionals, according to a new Gartner report.

"Many organizations have now passed the definitional stage of cloud computing and are testing cloud architectures inside and outside the enterprise and over time, the cloud will simply become one of the ways that we 'do' computing, and workloads will move around in hybrid internal/external IT environments," said Chris Howard, managing vice president at Gartner, in a press release.  

"As a result, the traditional role of the enterprise IT professional is changing and becoming multifaceted. A hybrid IT model requires internal and external IT professionals to support the business capabilities of the enterprise."
 
Supporting their organization's information and communications needs has always been the primary role of IT professionals. The advent of service-oriented architectures (SOA), software as a service (SaaS) and cloud services that span fixed and mobile broadband networks is placing greater demands on IT organizations.
 
While IT organizations are turning to public cloud computing to offload non-essential IT services in order to streamline operations and reduce costs, they're finding that public cloud service providers (CSPs) may not meet all of their requirements, necessitating a hybrid approach of public and private clouds, according to Gartner's " Hybrid IT: How Internal and External Cloud Services are Transforming IT."  

"IT organizations are taking an 'adopt and go' strategy to satisfy internal customer IT consumerization and democratization requirements," Howard elaborated.

Rapidly growing use of public cloud services is prompting internal customers to demand the same broad, open access to information and communications inside the organization. That's prompting organizations to build hybrid IT environments that include private clouds, as well as access to public cloud services.
 
"IT organizations that do not match the request for IT as a service run the risk of internal customers bypassing the IT organization and consuming IT services from the external cloud, thereby placing the company at greater risk," Howard commented.

Service providers are becoming brokers for building a hybrid IT systems architecture that includes IT services hosted internally and externally. By doing so, they can combine the affordability and rapid deployment afforded by public cloud service providers with the security and reliability required for critical internal systems' uses, Gartner points out. That's likely to entail organizations a core set of primary service providers for both cloud and non-cloud services, along with a set of 'edge providers' who fulfill specific solution requirements.

"Hybrid IT is the new IT and it is here to stay. While the cloud market matures, IT organizations must adopt a hybrid IT strategy that not only builds internal clouds to house critical IT services and compete with public CSPs, but also utilizes the external cloud to house noncritical IT services and data, augment internal capacity, and increase IT agility," said Mr. Howard. "Hybrid IT creates symmetry between internal and external IT services that will force an IT and business paradigm shift for years to come."

We at CHR Solutions firmly believe this hybrid IT trend creates opportunities for our clients. Contact us to discuss how we can help you maximize this growing opportunity.

Written by Kevin Kutcher at 14:00
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