If you think hybrid IT renders your server knowledge obsolete, think again
It’s a diverse world, certainly as far as IT is concerned. Using only SaaS and public cloud might be a viable option for start-ups and small organizations, but even there, most will also have, need or want some local systems and storage. Similarly, large organizations with their own IT departments will probably also have requirements for SaaS applications and remote hosting to supplement internal systems or meet new needs.
The challenge is how to make all these systems – and the people who build, run, and rely on them – work together smoothly, without the constant need for integration work and wrestling with mismatches. Perhaps more importantly, it is how to operate them as a single coherent whole. This is the seductive promise of hybrid IT.
How to get there, however? Whether you want to add public/private cloud to on-prem IT, or pull workloads back on-prem from a public cloud for reasons of control, cost, compliance, etc, you will likely need additional server resources to run the new services. So what needs to be considered when investing in server technology to support a hybrid IT strategy, and why does it matter?
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Bryan is a technology enthusiast and industry veteran. He has been analysing, explaining and writing about IT and business in a highly engaging manner for around three decades. His experience spans the early days of minicomputers and PC technology, through the emergence of cellular data and smart mobile devices, to the latest developments of the software-defined age in which we all live today. Over his career, Bryan has seen at first-hand how IT changes the world – and how the world changes IT – and he brings that extensive insight to his role as an industry analyst.