Realizing the Dream of Hybrid IT
Just a few years back, companies were questioning if they should continue with their data centers or if they should move to the cloud, either private or public. Today, they have realized that they can deploy their applications in any environment – cloud, on-premises, or a combination of the two – and pick the ideal model that best suits their business needs in any situation, making hybrid IT the new normal. IT heads decided to adopt this model in the belief that they will gain better flexibility, cost-effectiveness, agility, and security than relying on a single deployment model. All these benefits sound great on paper, but the reality is fraught with challenges.
While the agility of the cloud brings with it the promise of innovation, the increased infrastructure complexities also add burdens to the everyday responsibilities of IT professionals. Admins who are already bogged down with routine activities do not have the luxury of time to take up additional tasks.
Companies have to not only contend with increased complexities, but they also face visibility and control concerns. And not just visibility and control over the cloud, but also over on-premises applications and over the exchange of information between the two. Unless IT admins get the ability to control and view the entire hybrid infrastructure as a single, unified environment, the effort needed to operate several complex environments separately will put a dent in the flexibility and speed that hybrid IT is meant to deliver.
Another daunting challenge with managing hybrid IT environments, and one that worsens the complexity and visibility issues, is the jarring skills gap in the industry. In the traditional on-premises model, professionals who were certified through VMware, Cisco, Microsoft, or Oracle proved adept at addressing any vendor-specific problems that might pop up in those environments. But it is becoming ever more difficult to find people who are proficient with multiple, different solutions that make up a hybrid environment. Even if you find the right people, such talent often comes with a hefty price tag.
In his recent article, “Rovius Helps Enterprises Make Hybrid IT a Reality”, Charles Araujo from Intellyx, writes about an interesting solution that can successfully address the challenges of hybrid IT. He discusses how enterprises can integrate on-premises deployments and the cloud without building the underlying infrastructure or hiring the skills necessary to manage a cloud environment. He believes that the solution will solve the last-mile issue for enterprises struggling to move to hybrid IT. Read the complete article here.