It’s no secret the world around us is changing quickly, spurred by the rapid digitization of business processes everywhere. And while this megatrend can represent significant opportunities to accelerate business, it can also slow it down.

Successful organizations are finding ways to leverage their IT systems and the massive amount of data they’re collecting to drive better business outcomes. They are adopting a “bimodal” way of thinking about, and implementing, IT. A bimodal approach gives organizations the flexibility to align IT resources – people, technology and budget – to business and workload requirements.

bimodal ITWhat Is Bimodal IT?

Coined by Gartner, the term “Bimodal IT” describes the practice of planning and delivering applications in two separate but coherent ways within the customer environment while “Hybrid IT,” or “Hybrid Cloud,” describes the mixed physical, virtual, on-premise and off-premise infrastructure that supports the Bimodal environment.

As customers transform their businesses to support digital initiatives, their IT environment may become bimodal – meaning they deliver some of their workloads (generally their legacy applications) via traditional physical infrastructures and others (generally their newer applications) via the cloud.

Gartner refers to these two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery as “Mode 1” and
Mode 2” workloads* where:

  • Mode 1 is for traditional and sequential workloads, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 1 workloads leverage legacy, physical infrastructures for delivery. (Think: Mode 1 = traditional workloads = safety and accuracy = legacy infrastructures.)
  • Mode 2 is for exploratory and nonlinear workloads, emphasizing agility and speed. Mode 2 workloads leverage the cloud for delivery. (Think: Mode 2 = new workloads = speed and agility = born in the cloud, or “cloud-native.”)

For example, mainframe environments are a perfect fit for a bimodal approach.  Often companies with a mainframe are trying to move applications over to the virtualized world (Mode 2) but realistically many of the legacy applications just won’t fit in a shared infrastructure.  Leveraging a hosted private cloud, allows mainframe applications to move to a Mode 1 cloud.

We’ll go into the benefits of a bimodal approach in much greater detail in follow-on posts, here are three key reasons:

  • A bimodal approach gives organizations the flexibility to align IT resources – people, technology and budget – to their changing business requirements.
  • Transitioning to a bimodal style of application delivery can help organizations protect their existing business while providing a platform for growth and innovation.
  • Bimodal IT can help organizations drive their digital strategies forward faster.

Be sure to check out the next blog in this series “What Your Bimodal Strategy” where we’ll look more closely at a bimodal environment and how a Hosted Private Cloud can help you bridge these two worlds.

What is Bimodal IT?

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Source: Gartner “A Practical Guide to BiModal Adaptive Sourcing Research” by Claudio Da Rold & Ruby Jivan, Nov. 20, 2015.