Enterprises are making investments in hybrid IT in order to digitally transform their businesses at a time when they are faced with several unique challenges like managing rapidly-growing amount of data.
Enterprises find cloud as the best way to store their corporate data. A hybrid combination of traditional IT and private clouds is much preferred.
Latest SolarWinds study revealed that 92 percent of the IT professionals surveyed say adopting cloud technologies is important to their organizations’ long-term business success.
SolarWinds CIO Joel Dolisy says cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it’s not now and will not in the foreseeable future be suitable for all workloads.”The resulting dynamic — one set of critical on-premises services connected with another set of services in the cloud — is hybrid IT.”
Earlier in May, EMC Corporation announced Native Hybrid Cloud – a platform for cloud-native application development and deployment.
Native Hybrid Cloud from EMC enables enterprises to innovate and scale faster. Further, it helps enterprise IT and operations teams to better collaborate with developers, allowing for rapid application development and delivery while providing the needed protection, controls and insight to IT.
EMC introduced new foundational offerings designed to support and accelerate customers’ digital transformation initiatives. New offerings include the new Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) platform, VCE VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes, and major updates to DSSD D5.
Elsewhere, NetApp introduced ONTAP 9 software that simplifies transition to hybrid cloud. The ONTAP 9 software helps enterprises to quickly integrate traditional and emerging technologies, incorporating flash, the cloud and software-defined architectures to build a Data Fabric foundation across on-premises and cloud resources.
Most recently, IBM said fuel credit card and specialized payment products provider FleetCor will use IBM Cloud services to help support its growth into new markets.
FleetCor will be leveraging IBM Cloud Managed Services for z Systems – which extends the scalable and security-rich transaction processing capabilities of the IBM z Systems mainframe to a hybrid cloud environment.
In late 2015, U.S.’s privately held multi-format food, fuel and pharmacy retailer Giant Eagle rolled out a hybrid cloud solution from IBM Cloud to overhaul its IT infrastructure.
Giant Eagle has stores located in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana. Founded in 1931, it serves more than five million customers annually in more than 420 locations.
The new solution is based on IBM Cloud‘s Infrastructure as a Service, the SoftLayer.
IT vendor Perspica has integrated its operational intelligence solution with Amazon Web Services to provide a complete view into application infrastructure across public and hybrid cloud environments.
Scientific research agency CERN uses NetApp clustered FAS systems. Miroslav Potocky, database storage service manager, in the IT department at CERN says NetApp clustered FAS systems have provided a scalable, stable, high performance environment for CERN databases, some of which have workloads with up to 1 million changes per second
“By using NetApp infrastructure running ONTAP we are able to provide a solution for our most demanding storage use-cases and support CERN’s research program towards a better understanding of matter,” Potocky said.
Hybrid IT benefits and challenges
According to a SolarWinds study of IT professionals, infrastructure cost-reduction, increased infrastructure flexibility/agility and relieving internal IT personnel of day-to-day management of some infrastructure are the top three benefits of having a hybrid infrastructure.
Security has always challenged every technological innovation. The survey found 63 percent IT professionals are of the view that security is the biggest challenge associated with managing current hybrid IT environments.
Further, compliance concerns, the need to support legacy systems and budget limitations, are cited as other fences for greater cloud adoption.