Public and private sector organizations have increasingly turned to hybrid IT as an answer to the more challenging aspects of technology management in the past few years. With trends surfacing and intensifying more quickly than ever before, including the Internet of Things, big data and enterprise mobility, companies that do not have a highly specialized and agile IT management framework in place will struggle to keep pace with market shifts and transformations.
Everyone from technology analysts and small business advocates to government officials and beyond have asserted that the most successful, sustainable enterprises are those that remain "fast and agile." Now is the time to get moving on more progressive strategies related to IT management.
In an ideal situation, firms will be able to move on new opportunities more quickly than their competitors, thus better positioning their brands with respect to the image in the eyes of current and prospective clientele.
Hybrid IT is the answer to so many problems today, and managed service providers can help handle cloud-related challenges. Leaders who are quicker to the punch when it comes to these transformations will likely be a bit more successful in the long-run.
Feds place chip on hybrid IT
Fedscoop recently reported that federal officials who were in attendance at this month's Amazon Web Services re:Invent Conference in Las Vegas were open about their opinions toward the cloud and hybrid IT.
According to the news provider, officials did point out that hybrid IT is not necessarily a simple matter, nor one that is easy to navigate at first, but is certainly one that comes with enough advantages and benefits to make the processes involved in transformation more than worth while.
Enterprises have largely turned to managed service providers to help with a full range of needs when it comes to hybrid IT management. It was noted that government officials are indeed launching more progressive strategies to ensure that the more complex aspects of hybrid IT, including risk management, are reconciled in real time.
"We have to be cognizant of the fact that we need an environment that can be agile enough to respond to [changes]", Chief Cloud Architect of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab Chris Webber explained to Fedscoop. "What we learned about building this hybrid cloud connecting public AWS to our own data center, we couldn't move fast enough to respond. It wasn't for weakness on the part of our lab, it's just that internal data centers aren't designed for that."
The right choice
The Register recently argued that the melding of external and internal hosting involved in hybrid architecture is increasingly the smartest option available to organizations today. For example, the ability to use internal resources for certain matters, including the handling of more sensitive systems and data, and external resources for maintenance and advanced management needs, is competitively advantageous and strategic.
The Register also pointed out that working the right MSP will benefit not only the customer's overall company objectives, but each department's individual goals as well.