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Tony Stauffer



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July 6, 2018

Hybrid IT – A Compromise for the Future with Cloud Computing

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The movement to the cloud is in full force.  Many companies began this journey some time ago.  Others have yet to start. All companies are thinking about it.  As we have helped numerous organizations evaluate cloud technology, we know that the move to the cloud can be a complex one.  On the business side, an understanding of cloud capabilities regarding speed and scale are as important as knowing the potential positive and negative cost implications.  On the technical side, similar to any move of data center infrastructure, a deep understanding of application data flow, client access patterns, and performance requirements are essential to short and long term success.   

Cloud Computing to Hybrid Cloud Computing 

In this journey to the cloud, it is interesting to note how the industry has looked at cloud technology over the years.  Gartner’s widely distributed “Hype Cycle” in 2010 showed Cloud Computing at the peak of the hype cycle with an expected ramp-up of as much five years before reaching the “Plateau of Productivity.”  By 2014, Gartner separated Hybrid Cloud Computing from the more general Cloud Computing category.  By 2016, both Cloud Computing and Hybrid Cloud Computing had moved out of the Emerging Technologies category and were considered mainstream.  

The reality is that even with all the promise and potential of cloud computing, certain workloads continue to be a fit for on-premise compute platforms.  With some workloads being a good fit for the cloud and others needing to stay on-premise, where does that leave us?

With hybrid cloud computing. 

Part On-Prem, Part in the Cloud 

The complexity of the IT systems in most large organizations means a wholesale move to the cloud isn’t happening anytime soon.  Software that contains embedded business logic into such complex applications such as ERP, sales, and order processing systems is costly to rewrite, and often dependent on operating systems that are not compatible with cloud technologies.  With these legacy systems remaining on-premise, latency limitations for data access for real-time data processing will cause other systems to remain on-premise as well.  When doing a deeper dive into the connectedness of such applications, as you would do in any data center move analysis, you find clusters of applications that share data in real-time and are required to stay close together if they are to function properly.  If one of these connected applications cannot move to the cloud, none of them can.  As a result, most companies are coming to the realization that they will be using a combination of on-premise and cloud computing for the foreseeable future. 

So where does a company start?  OST is offering Cloud Adoption Workshops to kickstart the process.  OST Cloud Consultants will evaluate your needs and goals and put together a recommendation for a path to the cloud that makes sense.  Chances are, if you are like most companies, you won’t be closing down your data center yet – you will probably be operating in both the cloud and on-premise for some time.  Welcome to the future – it’s Hybrid IT. 

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The Five Pillars of Hybrid IT

From connectivity and identity to governance and security, there is a lot to consider about your Hybrid strategy. The Five Pillars of Hybrid IT takes an in-depth look at these factors and how exactly they need to evolve.



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About the Author

Tony Stauffer is an experienced IT leader with a strong background in enterprise IT infrastructure, cloud architecture and IT operations. He has over two decades of experience working in Fortune 500 companies managing complex projects including migrations, upgrades, acquisitions, and more. When he’s not busy as OST’s Enterprise Solutions Practice Lead, he enjoys spending time with his boys and riding a motorcycle on the open road.