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Navigating the hybrid hype: Not all hybrid is created equal

CIOs are at a tipping point. They are challenged with innovating old, traditional systems while turning to new cloud systems to modernize specific functions of their infrastructure, all with the goal of improving user delivery. This is a difficult balancing act. Not only are they faced with blending old with the new, but data also has to flow between the traditional and newly modernized technology easily and effectively.

As service providers move towards addressing these problems, we’ve seen the term “hybrid IT” pop up from some of the largest players in the industry and more niche, smaller companies. And it’s no surprise as to why. For one thing, hybrid provides ideal testing environments, allowing companies to move operations into the public cloud in a more cautious, deliberate fashion. Also, a hybrid model is well suited for organizations that are unwilling to fully abandon their existing legacy systems yet want to take advantage of the cloud. By turning to hybrid, such enterprises can continue to use legacy, on-premise solutions as needed while moving other infrastructure into private or public cloud environments.

As CIOs evaluate their hybrid options, they need to keep in mind that not all hybrid is created equal. It’s a term that’s thrown out in the cloud landscape left and right, however not every organization approaches it the same way. At Datapipe, great customer service is engrained in our DNA. For us, it means helping clients understand how to architect the perfect mix of traditional, cloud, and hybrid IT solutions. By doing so, we help them transform, innovate and grow their unique business goals and objectives. As no two clients have identical needs, unique requirements call for custom solutions. We work closely with our clients to build hosting solutions that are deep, scalable, cost-efficient and secure and are backed by Datapipe’s professionally managed services.

We also provide end-to-end solutions that build on a deep understanding of AWS environments (we’ve been doing it for over five years), meaning clients can effectively integrate AWS into their managed private cloud and traditional IT environments. Datapipe also plans, builds and runs cloud environments on Microsoft Azure, VMware and Stratosphere hosted private cloud to allow clients to take advantage of today’s hyper scale clouds. In essence, by turning to Datapipe, our clients are guaranteed no vendor lock-in.

So remember, when reading about hybrid IT, dig into what each provider considers “hybrid IT” – you’ll be surprised that not all of them approach the model from the same perspective. Bottom line: partner with an organization that takes the time to understand your unique business challenges and requirements, and that can also grow with you as your business priorities and objectives fluctuate.

About Richard Dolan

Richard Dolan
As Datapipe’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Rich is responsible for developing and driving Datapipe’s world class marketing team and ensuring Datapipe stays ahead of the curve with product development and client support. Rich has been with Datapipe for more than 15 years and has seen the company evolve into a leading, global MSP. Rich writes about Datapipe news, Datapipe clients, business strategies, and also provides insight into the company’s partnerships with AWS, Microsoft, Equinix, and others.

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