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Hybrid IT Operations

Hybrid IT Operations

The public cloud service market is expected to reach $623.3 billion by 2023 worldwide.

Cloud services are taking the business world by storm, technology providers use indicators of growth in cloud adoption as a measure for market opportunity.

What is Hybrid IT?

Hybrid IT is a mix of IT infrastructure platforms that an organisation uses to satisfy its application workload and data needs. It comprises of legacy on-premise systems as well as private and public cloud solutions. The mix of Hybrid IT solutions is specific to every enterprise as there is no one size fits all operating model. With a multitude of options available it is often challenging to arrive at the right mix of solutions when hybrid IT is first adopted. Legacy on-premise systems are of importance because of security concerns, compliance and the need to keep critical data in the safety of one’s own centres. The recognisable benefits of hybrid IT include increased business agility, improved customer service, and faster product development.

Benefits of Hybrid IT

Using hybrid IT operations offers numerous benefits and advantages to enterprise organizations. To begin with it offers a key advantage to companies with a distributed and increasingly global remote workforce with its access to data anytime and from anywhere that isn’t tied to one central location. Organizations can move core and sensitive data to their private on-premise servers while making key applications and services available on the public cloud. Flexible and accessible computing environments will attract top talent and optimize efficiency and productivity across the organization. Companies  also find it a cost-effective way to scale up their operations while maintaining security and control. A hybrid system allows for increased automation which can respond automatically to changes in demand, optimizing performance and efficiency which gives an organization a competitive edge by increasing its agility and innovation.

Hybrid IT Ops Stats

The average business runs 38% of workloads in public and 41% in private cloud.

 Cloud computing statistics show the public cloud spend is growing three times faster than the private cloud usage.

Cloud computing covered 37% of the global IT budget in 2019

Cloud agility and hybrid IT

Hybrid IT management

The efficacy of  Hybrid IT models is measured against ROI, cost saving, agility and improvements in efficiency of operations and systems. The right mix of on-premises and public cloud solutions allow companies to deliver IT value in tandem with their accelerated business cycle but must be based on usage, application portfolio and use of underlying infrastructure.. OpEx and CapEx for IT investments in on-premises systems will change when the public cloud becomes an option. Plan and pay only for what you need without worrying about how to maximize an asset over its usable life. The use of public cloud changes the role and responsibilities of I&O within an organization. I&O leaders will have to transition from operational responsibilities to vendor management. Start-ups can avoid CapEx investments and focus on growing market share with OpEx fueled cloud agility instead. It is important to define operational goals and an appropriate balance to retain strategic independence.

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Key steps for IT leaders to successfully manage cloud environments include transparency, planning, engagement and optimization.

Transparency: Managers need to improve transparency around unique aspects of each workload which include average utilization and ability to batch process as well as the fully loaded cost of a hybrid environment. The insights collected can inform migration strategies.

Planning: IT managers should measure cloud spending against their IT plans while running scenarios to understand and forecast the impact of cloud decisions, in order to prioritize resources, projects and services.

Engagement: A demonstrated value of cloud services over other options opens up new opportunities to increase performance and agility in project and service delivery. This also helps with decisions on the cost effectiveness of cloud-based infrastructure and applications.

Optimization:It’s about the ongoing refinement of your IT environment by deep diving into billing, utilization and consumption data to uncover optimization opportunities.

FAQs about Hybrid IT operations

It’s about the ongoing refinement of your IT environment by deep diving into billing, utilization and consumption data to uncover optimization opportunities.

What is Cloud Infrastructure?
Cloud infrastructure is the back-end hardware and software needed to support a cloud computing model, including servers, LAN equipment, storage, network, and virtualisation software.
What Is a Hybrid Infrastructure?

Hybrid infrastructure is  cloud computing architecture that combines public cloud services, private cloud or third-party services, and on-premises services. This  IT environment provides increased flexibility and agility to businesses.

Which are the most common uses of hybrid clouds?

Hybrid clouds commonly  keep sensitive, mission-critical data in the private cloud,  and use the public cloud when capacity is needed for less sensitive development or testing activities.

Which are the most common uses of hybrid clouds?
Hybrid clouds commonly  keep sensitive, mission-critical data in the private cloud,  and use the public cloud when capacity is needed for less sensitive development or testing activities.
What industries prefer Hybrid Clouds?
Certain industries have massive space requirements of their computing and prefer to use hybrid IT services. Among these are finance, health care, law, and retail.
What Is the Difference Between a Hybrid Cloud and Multi Cloud?
Although technically, every hybrid cloud is a type of multi cloud,  “multicloud” commonly refers to the use of multiple public cloud environments to provide services. This contrasts with hybrid clouds, which always involve some combination of public and private clouds.
 
Why Is the Hybrid Cloud Important?
The hybrid cloud is important because of the IT flexibility it provides to organizations, combined with the significant cost savings over the private cloud.
What is a MSP?
Complex business organizations hire a Managed Service Provider to manage their migration to hybrid cloud solutions or multi-cloud solutions
 

Hybrid IT Ops

Types of IT solutions

On-premises (on prem)

This was the original IT operating model where an on-premise  data centre comprising a group of servers that were privately owned, was kept on site, and managed by the organization. On-premises infrastructure can also be used to host an on-premise private cloud server on site in which compute resources are virtualized the same way as is done in public clouds. The disadvantage of having an exclusive on-premise setup is the cost and requirement of server hardware, software licenses, integration capabilities, IT employees and maintenance. However if the organization does not have cloud optimization strategies in place then on-prem solutions are a better option.

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

IaaS is a cloud computing service where organizations can rent or lease servers for computation and storage in the cloud. The infrastructure required is hosted on a public or private cloud instead of in  a traditional on-premise data centre and is delivered to the customer on demand while being fully managed by the service provider. The advantages of using IaaS is that users can run and test any OS or application on rented servers without having to bear the maintenance and operating costs of those servers. Another advantage is that customers can access servers in geographic locations close to their end users. IaaS automatically scales up or down depending on the demand, such pay by consumption solutions  are a good fit for those with seasonal swings in demand.

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

In the PaaS service, developers rent everything they need to build an application. The service provides them with development tools, infrastructure, middleware, database management and operating systems which simplifies web application development by taking all backend management behind the scenes. Since PaaS can be accessed over the internet it is possible to build an entire application in a web browser from anywhere in the world. This helps with collaboration and decreased overheads. Developers use PaaS to build applications quicker without the worry of platforms and backend infrastructure. They can build, test, debug, deploy, host and update in the same environment which ensures that the application will function properly when it is released.

Software as a Service (SaaS)

SaaS is a cloud based service of providing software to users. SaaS users subscribe to an application rather than purchasing it once and installing it. Users can log into and use an application over the internet while the application runs in cloud servers that may be located anywhere in the world. The advantages of SaaS is that it can be accessed from any location and on any device which offers a great deal of flexibility. There is no need for updates or installations as the SaaS provider does it on an ongoing basis. The provider also handles scaling up the application as usage increases such as adding more database space or more computing power. IT costs and overheads are cut down as there are no server and infrastructure costs.

Private cloud

The private cloud refers to computing services offered to select users which are accessible either over the internet or a private internal network. A Private cloud is also known as an internal or corporate cloud. Private cloud computing offers businesses self-service, scalability, elasticity, control and customization available from dedicated resources over infrastructure hosted on-premises. The additional benefit of a private cloud is that it delivers a higher level of security and privacy through the use of both company firewalls as well the internal hosting ensures that operations and sensitive data are not accessible to third party providers. Private clouds however require the additional cost of staffing, management and maintenance as traditional data centre ownership.

Public cloud

The public cloud refers to computing services offered by third party providers. These services are made available over the internet to anyone who wants to use or purchase them. They are most often sold on-demand allowing customers to  pay per usage of CPU cycles, storage or bandwidth they consume. Public clouds save companies from the expensive costs of purchasing, managing and maintaining on-premise hardware and application infrastructure. The service provider is responsible for all management and maintenance costs of the system. The advantage of public clouds is that they can be deployed faster and with an infinitely scalable platform. When implemented correctly they can be as secure as the most effectively managed private cloud service.

The ngX Framework

Based on our deep design and technical experience across industries we’ve developed a proprietary digital framework, the ngX framework, which is leveraged across all our projects.

The ngX framework consists of the following steps:

Assess

Assess your current customer experience and digital posture across all digital properties

Define

Define a digital experience transformation roadmap to capture digital moments

Develop

Develop the front-end and back-end systems and technologies to bring the digital next strategy to life

Deploy

Deploy all the technologies and design elements together after thorough QA and user testing

Support

Support the deployed components to ensure digital experience ecosystem meets its stated business objectives

Market

Digital marketing to promote the reimagined brand, acquire new customers and retain existing customers for continued business impact

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