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Viva la Hybrid IT revolution – 5 things you need to know

We are amid a ‘once-a-decade’ transformation of the technology landscape – dubbed the Hybrid IT revolution.

That’s according to IT management software provider Solarwinds, who spoke to IT practitioners from six different markets across the world as part of the company’s IT Trends report 2016.

The research paints a telling picture on the current state of the market, as well as highlighting barriers to cloud adoption that organisations are currently facing.

Here are five key stats from the report that stood out for us:

1) 43 per cent estimate half or more of their total IT infrastructure will be in the cloud within the next 3 to 5 years.

This why the Hybrid IT model is critical for everyone. There will always be a mix of on-premise and off-premise, public, and private cloud from a melting pot of different providers. What’s important is how that’s effectively managed, and making sure that the mix is right for your organisation.

2) 60 percent say it’s unlikely all of their organisations’ infrastructure will ever be migrated to the cloud.

For some, moving sensitive data into a public cloud environment is simply a leap too far. Companies may need to keep some assets completely offline for security or regulatory reasons. However, an effective Hybrid IT strategy will still enable your fast IT to work with your older infrastructure.

3) The top three hybrid IT benefits by weighted rank are: infrastructure cost-reduction, increased infrastructure flexibility/agility and relieving internal IT personnel of day-to-day management of some infrastructure.

By introducing fast IT into the mix, integrating more innovative technologies to work with your older systems can help you save cost and introduce greater flexibility. If you’re looking at tips and advice on how to do, check out our story around the 7×7 method – NASA use it to launch rockets, so you know it’s good. But also remember that we believe the benefits of Hybrid IT come just as much from access to SaaS and the innovation enabled by these applications when integrated with your existing IT.

4) 62 percent say that security is the biggest challenge associated with managing current hybrid IT environments.

Cybersecurity continues to be at the top of the agenda for many (and rightly so) but this should not be seen as a blocker to innovation. One route many are looking to take is migrating non-sensitive data to a secure private cloud as a first step. It can give organisations a way to test the water, experimenting with what works, and applying that to future migrations. Here are 10 considerations for the private cloud as a starting point.

5) 56 percent indicated they have the level of support needed from leadership and the organisation as a whole to develop/improve the skills they feel they need in order to better manage hybrid IT environments.

Skills are an issue that is appearing as a wider trend in the market right now. For leaders a lot of this is about understanding the cultural implications (and benefits) Hybrid IT can bring to an organisation. On top of this, we also believe it’s about speaking the right language to the boardroom, and the rest of the business.

Commenting on the research, Joel Dolisy, SolarWinds CIO, said: “The findings of this year’s study paints a clear picture: cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it’s not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads, and even if it were, very few if any companies would convert all of their existing applications to run in the cloud.

“The resulting dynamic – one set of critical on-premises services connected with another set of services in the cloud – is hybrid IT. And at the centre of this evolution is the IT professional who needs to ensure always-on performance of applications, devices, networks and systems – regardless of location.

“They need to be empowered with the support to gain the skills and tools required to properly manage hybrid IT environments, which in turn will allow businesses to truly unlock the potential of the cloud.”

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