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Hybrid IT – the right choice for businesses

MIS-ASIA | 2015-11-11

Hybrid IT — a mix of outsourced and in-house IT services, including data centre colocation, managed hosting, managed services, network and cloud. While it sounds like a mouthful, the right combination of these solutions could significantly aid organisations in meeting the demands of today’s multi-faceted business and IT demands.

The simple answer is that Hybrid IT gives internal IT teams much-needed flexibility — business, technology, and cost — in addition to giving organisations the advantage of customising their infrastructures and solutions to meet their specific data. It also serves to enhance security, scalability and capacity needs. A comprehensive Hybrid IT strategy considers how to integrate outsourced technologies with existing infrastructure, tailored specifically to align with your business goals.

Fast forward to this day and age, where it has become increasingly pertinent for CIOs and IT directors to consider deploying a range of Hybrid IT providers to deliver the competitive advantages of enhanced utilisation, resilience and flexibility through combinations of on-premise and outsourced infrastructure. In fact, research shows that by 2017, 60 percent of the datacenter-based IT assets that organisations rely on to conduct business and deliver services are in colocation hosting and cloud data centres, signalling the importance to make for a structurally sound IT infrastructure to accommodate an organisation’s growing business needs.

With that, here are five reasons why businesses should look to adopt a Hybrid IT approach:

1.Data protection. A Hybrid IT solutions provider can offer security operation centres, multi-level technology, and enforced compliance with data retention policies and procedures to ensure the organisation’s data is protected from ongoing threats and attack vectors.

2.Customised infrastructure. A Hybrid IT model lets you customise your infrastructure and solutions to meet specific data, security and regulatory, scalability, and capacity needs. This is achieved by balancing on-premise and off-premise compute, networking and storage resources.

3.End-to-end solutions. A Hybrid IT solutions provider can deliver end-to-end IT solutions. This includes assessment and planning, delivery, and management and optimisation of the organisation’s IT to ensure ongoing alignment with business goals.

4.Scalability, flexibility and agility. Elasticity and agility are considered at every stage of the outsourcing and application life-cycles. By moving IT workloads to optimal platforms throughout their life-cycles, you will experience better service. The ability to scale services over time as required means the organisation only pays for what is needed.

5.100 percent availability. Partnering with the right Hybrid IT solution provider can guarantee 100 percent uptime availability and extend the reach of your organisation globally, helping to support and accelerate business expansion into new markets.

In conclusion, while some companies will choose to work with multiple providers, gaining significant competitive advantage will likely require consolidation of critical services with a best-of-breed provider, and adopting a Hybrid IT model will help achieve that.

Author: Ras Scollay, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, CenturyLink   Editor: ChengYF