For those organisations with on premise hardware looking to integrate more cloud-based services into the way that IT is used and delivered within the business, a hybrid approach to IT management is ideal. Not only does this ensure that legacy IT is fully integrated but it also offers the opportunity to evolve IT infrastructure and allow the business to benefit from the latest cutting edge technology.
How does hybrid IT management work?
This is an approach that works with existing IT, which may be comprised of on-site hardware, and combines this with cloud-based options to create a new way forward for any business. It’s an essential first step for many organisations looking to transition towards more cloud-based services and can help to avoid the security vulnerabilities and confusion that can be created by trying to shift an entire IT infrastructure to the cloud in one go. It provides scalability and flexibility and also ensures that existing IT investment isn’t wasted. There are a number of key benefits to hybrid IT management that any business can enjoy:
- Ensuring security standards are maintained. Existing hardware can be protected with a firewall and used to store key data that may be particularly sensitive or confidential. This approach can help to ensure that compliance standards are met and that the business is protecting customers and clients.
- Minimising up front spent. As a hybrid approach to IT management uses existing hardware and combines this with software in the cloud it can significantly reduce the volume of spend that is required for IT infrastructure. Where scaling up is required this is usually done via the cloud, rather than on-site, which would require an expensive periodic upgrade of hardware.
- Freeing up internal resources. Given the expense that can be saved where there is no requirement to continue purchasing new hardware, a hybrid IT management approach can help to create more liquidity within the business, which can be directed to other areas where more resources are required.
- Mitigating technology risks. Legacy hardware equipment and software can quickly become out of date given the speed at which technology moves today. This can create risks for the business in terms of vulnerabilities and may also be a financial burden as it may continuously require the purchasing of new hardware simply to keep up. A hybrid approach helps to better manage this risk by moving some of the business’ resources into the cloud where it is much easier and cheaper to stay up to date.
- Coping better with volatile demand cycles. Especially for those businesses where this type of cycle is typical the scaling benefits of using cloud-based systems and software are obvious. Scaling is simple and cost effective in the cloud, whether scaling up or down, with no new equipment required to do this effectively.
A hybrid IT management system can transform the way that your business IT is handled and the positive impact that it can have on the broader business.
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