The predictions for 2014 proved to be fairly accurate, though the cloud world continues to undergo rapid transition

Hybrid IT: The Best of All Worlds

The IT world is quickly changing and now, more than ever, the challenge revolves around our ability to adapt to these changes and ever-evolving user demands. So what’s at stake?

Most companies cannot keep up with business agility demands using the old, unwieldy IT model of building and operating data centers. With cloud computing, IT consumerization, and the modern requirements around infrastructures and data centers, organizations have had to rethink how they utilize data center and IT services.

Rising customer expectations add pressure to continually enhance the customer experience. And now that IT systems underpin virtually all customer and supply chain interactions, IT solutions must be 100 percent available – even as they meet that demand for extreme agility.

All of this means IT organizations must deliver new business capabilities faster, even as their budgets are being squeezed.

“In this fiercely competitive landscape, many companies don’t even have time to put together detailed business cases before they respond to competitive changes. If you don’t take advantage of the right technologies to move quickly, you will get left behind,” says Elizabeth Shumacker, Vice President, Global Products & Solutions Marketing at CenturyLink Technology Solutions, a global provider of managed services on virtual, dedicated and colocation platforms.

In this white paper from CenturyLink, we learn how the drive to maximize IT agility in support of new business needs (e.g., digital customer experience; big data analysis) while holding down cost is leading many CIOs to re-imagine their core IT infrastructure. They’re outsourcing a growing proportion, utilizing an array of different “hybrid” approaches. This re-imagining enables them to focus more of their resources on delivering business applications instead of managing data centers and day-to-day IT infrastructure updates. Now we’re looking at IT from a hybrid perspective.

Download this whitepaper today to learn why major organizations and CIOs are switching to a hybrid IT services model. Reasons include:

  • Ability to provide end-to-end IT solutions from assessment and planning to delivery and ongoing management and optimization.
  • Scalability and expertise at every stage of the outsourcing and application lifecycles.
  • Flexibility and agility to move IT workloads to the optimal platform throughout their lifecycles.
  • Seeking 100 percent availability, and clearly defined SLAs.
  • Strong multi-level security technology, policies and procedures.
  • Scalability and global reach to accelerate business expansion into new markets.
  • Proven expertise solving diverse business problems.

Remember, your platform will only continue to change and evolve. Through it all, the direct correlation between your IT capabilities and your business demands is what will allow you to out-compute and out-compete. It’s in these cases that working with the right data center and colocation provider can make all the difference.

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About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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  1. No question, the IT environment is evolving faster today than ever before. Data growth, VM sprawl as well as public, private and hybrid cloud configurations and presenting IT leaders with challenges as well as opportunities to present the enterprise with power needed to compete in a growing global environment. Understandably, this evolution has IT leaders looking for ways to improve agility and capability -- something that was confirmed in a recent IDG Intel survey when asking what prompted investments in 10GbE. Peter Fretty