As an IT professional, are you feeling stretched – and even strained – by the need to manage multiple environments, geographies, architectures, and partners? If so, you are not alone. The hybrid IT environment is tremendously complex, and brings many challenges.
Meeting business objectives with on- and off-premise environments
One of the primary challenges you face is the need to meet business objectives while juggling on- and off-premise environments. For example, you are likely being asked to provide control and governance over an ever-increasing IT, while at the same time being charged with reducing costs. You might feel the pressure to support your business partners’ need accelerate time to market and be competitive. And at all times, you have to manage business risk and meet compliance demands.
Having some legacy IT assets on- and off-premise often complicates matters substantially as you strive to meet these business objectives. Governance presents a challenge, especially if business departments adopt new applications without your knowledge or control. Mission-critical applications have to be maintained, demanding that you account for all the tangled interdependencies that exist. Availability objectives have to be adhered to, even when those service level agreements (SLAs) are technically a vendor’s responsibility rather than your own. Everywhere you look, a new issue emerges to make your task more difficult.
Targeting workloads to the appropriate infrastructures
A specific challenge involves ensuring that the right applications are running on the appropriate infrastructures – on-premise vs. off-premise, public cloud vs. private cloud, etc. As you examine each application and its particular use case, you have to determine the level of agility, scalability, mobility, and balancing that might be required. Will you have fluctuations in demand? Will you need to shift the workload between clouds? Will the application’s demand for resources fluctuate based on variance in usage?
On top of that, you need to decide what characteristics and specifications are necessary to support your application, e.g., in the areas of input/output (I/O), availability, resiliency, speed, security, etc. Running a workload in a less-than-ideal infrastructure will have widespread and potentially lasting ramifications for your business’ productivity, efficiency, resiliency, and cost-effectiveness.
Balancing technical obsolescence with predictable economics
Legacy equipment, applications, and infrastructure present another challenge. At some point, it is inevitable that legacy IT will no longer effectively serve your business or help you achieve your business outcomes. But replacing legacy IT with new, virtualized, or innovative IT comes with a price tag. What you can or will be able to spend on modernizing your IT environment – predictable economics – may or may not be sufficient to meet the demands being placed on you by the technical obsolescence of your legacy IT. The resulting balancing act requires a multitude of decisions as you prioritize projects in light of budget limitations.
The fact that hybrid IT is the new normal demands that these challenges be faced, and faced successfully. Fortunately, you do not have to confront these challenges alone. The right partner can provide you with the expertise, global reach, and end-to-end portfolio of solutions necessary to create a hybrid IT environment that will deliver the agility you need for your business to move forward with confidence.
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