Small to medium businesses (SMBs) try to leverage technology in efficient and cost-effective ways. Like many small business IT initiatives, implementing a hybrid IT infrastructure can be a challenge. This is especially true if you have insufficient IT staff to deploy the project. However, with the right tools and partner, an SMB can accomplish many objectives with a hybrid IT implementation.
In this article explores the challenges and benefits of hybrid IT. According to CIO magazine, hybrid IT combines the delivery of enterprise applications, data and services to keep the business running and accelerate innovation.
“It encompasses people, process and technology, and spans on-premises and off-premises environments across the data center, private cloud, public cloud and the edge of the network. In a Hybrid IT environment, enterprises blend CapEx, OpEx, as-a-service, and pay-per-use consumption models.”
That’s a lot to take on for any small or medium-sized business.
What Is a Hybrid IT Implementation?
A hybrid IT Implementation refers to a hybrid cloud environment. Most hybrid clouds have the following attributes:
- An infrastructure, either on-premise or private, that operates separately from the public cloud
- Two separate clouds that can communicate with an encrypted connection
- Two environments designed to transfer workloads between one another
A true hybrid cloud also provides automation of infrastructure operations and application delivery. I can unify management across clouds while also enjoying seamless mobility of data between disparate environments. A hybrid cloud also provides the freedom to use the same software in both private and public clouds. Operational complexity is eliminated with the right hybrid cloud design.