Hybrid IT is the New Norm
It is now widely accepted by enterprises large and small, suppliers and industry experts that Hybrid IT is the new norm. The public cloud delivers massive benefits, but is not a panacea, and many use cases exist where an enterprise cloud or server based solution is the common-sense answer to IT requirements. While many organizations are adopting a “cloud first” strategy, they are not adopting a “cloud only” approach.
Benefits of cloud services
The public cloud has been a game-changer for IT teams and businesses across all sectors. Getting access to a software application, cloud storage or application hosting with no up-front costs (CAPEX), no complex setup or install process, and a maintenance-free, worry-free, experience allows you to focus on the day-to-day IT activities that are important to your organization. Benefits of scalability, low adoption and operational costs and flexibility and adaptability have all been major drivers in moving workloads to the cloud.
The top 5 reasons organizations cited for adopting Cloud were:
• Scalability (65%)
• Flexibility of delivery (58%)
• 24/7 service dependence (58%)
• Low cost of adoption (57%)
• Operational cost saving (55%)
Source: CIF 2014
Motivations for moving to a hybrid IT strategy
Not all workloads are ideally suited to public cloud operation. Here are some of the key requirements causing CIO’s to consider hybrid IT strategies:
• Advanced applications
New advanced applications often need to run across multiple device types and may rely heavily on advanced graphics. These applications need to be always available without inbuilt latency issues.
• Real time Analytics
Real time analytics are becoming more prevalent. These applications have an inherent need to store and analyze data locally, with periodic communication and reporting to centralized control points
• Local data storage needs
In many cases, data must be stored and manipulated locally for policy, privacy or control reasons. The more data that is collected, the greater the requirement for efficient local storage.
• Data-heavy apps that can’t reliably operate over the network
Some data-heavy applications must run locally to deliver the performance, responsiveness and reliability required. This particularly the case when network connections do not deliver sufficient bandwidth or operate reliably enough to facilitate remote access to data-heavy cloud or centrally held applications.
• Legacy Application
Some existing applications – often the ones on which the business depend – simply can’t be run effectively in the public cloud.
How Zynstra helps
Zynstra’s Hybrid IT has been designed to mitigate these concerns:
- You can choose where your data resides, on the local Zynstra server , in public cloud services, or a combination of both. If you are concerned about data being off-site, just keep it on Zynstra. The on-premises IT environment can be backed up to the cloud if required, but even here your data is fully encrypted before it leaves your site.
- If you need local performance for applications or data access, or you don’t have a great Internet connection, keep your data and/or applications on-premises, on the Zynstra cloud managed server, but let us take care of the dirty work – keeping it working, current and secure and eliminating IT upgrades.
- You stay in the driving seat (if you want to). Zynstra provides simple control panels for non-technical users, or Microsoft Active Directory for those who want the full control over the administration.
Delivered through our channel partners, a support-service wrap is a key part of our unique Hybrid IT service.
Zynstra enables you to move confidently to the cloud, but keep the things you want on-site, and even if you move your applications and data fully to the cloud, it delivers the core IT infrastructure you need to run your site.
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