EMC World, cloud strategy

At the EMC World conference in Las Vegas this week, there will be plenty of vendors to choose from to begin constructing or refining your hybrid cloud strategy. But it can be confusing and complicated with all the changes in IT, a mixed bag of tech components, little time to construct your cloud and pressure to cut costs. It reminds me of what the chefs have to do on the TV show Chopped.

I recently caught a ride in New York using the ride-sharing service Uber. My driver was a young woman who drives for Uber for extra money; her real career is as a food stylist for magazines, cookbooks, restaurants, etc. She even appeared on an early season of Chopped and almost won, but her ingredients weren’t up to snuff. They were strange items (of course) – calamari, Brussels sprouts and Asian pears. The calamari was dirty and gritty, and the pears were a little too soft. So while she worked hard and created an outstanding dish, it took too long to prepare (she spent a lot of time cleaning the calamari) and she was eliminated after the appetizer round.

If you’re dealing with hybrid IT in your company, you know exactly what I’m talking about. IT professionals are often given a seemingly impossible basket of legacy and current IT ingredients to throw together and create a gourmet dinner for their organizations – with very little time or flexibility to plan and execute.

Hybrid IT — an environment that incorporates a wide mix of assets as well as internal and external IT services — requires forward-thinking regulation. Organizations are steadily using complex, mixed IT environments that include physical servers, virtual servers and the cloud. They are leveraging virtualization to gain value such as reduced infrastructure hardware, lower costs, higher automation, and more.

But the threat of “shadow IT” could put enterprises at serious risk. By acting separately, lines of business sometimes take steps that could have disastrous results for the rest of the enterprise.

What’s more, they are moving some of their applications and data to public, private, and hybrid public-private clouds that take advantage of virtualization to dynamically assign IT resources across business units for hosting and disaster recovery (DR) needs. These complex hybrid environments naturally raise the risk of successful IT disaster recovery.

To protect physical and virtual servers, businesses need more than one solution. It’s not uncommon to have two or three different backup solutions, although more and more organizations have as many as five or six.

Hybrid IT will be a big theme at EMC World, and Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS) will be showcasing solutions and examples of how customers can take their hybrid cloud strategies and make them successful.

Stop by our booth (number 129) to see how we tailor hybrid IT services to align with our customers’ desired business outcomes. After all, we have an industrial-sized technology kitchen and our IT pantry is well-stocked. You can find just about everything you need to prepare your full-course IT meal in our basket.

P.S. You don’t have to be a culinary superhero to pull this off. You don’t have to be a superhero at all; today’s IT professionals possess the vision, know-how and tools to pull off superhuman feats in the complex world of IT. Come and talk to the people at Sungard AS about the threats you’re battling in your IT universe.

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