SMBs are rapidly investing in Hybrid IT solutions. The move is to simplify operations on premises and in the cloud, ensuring that workloads are executed optimally and securely.
As a CIO, one goal is to modernize and virtualize your IT infrastructures in order to create a more flexible and scalable environment. Particularly if you're a small-to-midsize business (SMB), accelerating workload execution and providing seamless access to applications are key to survival.
Many SMBs are limited by the capabilities of traditional computing systems, which can significantly hinder competitive advantage. Legacy IT is struggling to keep pace with an increasingly mobile and disparate workforce.
Technology providers can equip SMB customers with Hybrid IT solutions to streamline operations both on-premises and in the cloud. These solutions promise to enable the most flexible deployment options and simplify small business IT management, giving your company the power to accelerate application workloads and scale as you grow, despite limited capital resources. Businesses have a great deal to gain from IT modernization, higher network bandwidth, increased performance and greater availability to support bandwidth and compute-hungry applications. IT modernization ensures that workloads are protected, executed optimally and supported on- and off-premises.
To capitalize on the advantages of Hybrid IT, SMBs must create a comprehensive business strategy with the following steps:
- Create a hybrid IT plan. Articulating business goals is a strong foundation for any IT strategy, but particularly for SMBs, mapping future IT expectations and capital expenditures is essential to establishing a competitive and profitable business. Companies must draft a roadmap of both financial and technical requirements both now and in the future, as well as a list of current applications to understand what technologies will be crucial for continued growth and success.
- Conduct a thorough assessment of on-premises IT. CIOs must analyze IT capacity to accommodate prospective business needs. SMBs require a reliable network bandwidth to effectively leverage cloud technologies, compute power to drive UCC tools and storage that can be virtualized to diminish information silos between on-premises and off-premises domains.
- Integrate on-premises and cloud services. Hybrid IT solutions facilitate on-premises IT with the ability to leverage cloud applications and services from a single device. To effectively integrate these two domains, providers are delivering simplified IT in which services can work together. Proper integration affords business the flexibility, scalability, and security for the future.
- Understand effective usage of on-premises and cloud. Finally, your organization must determine which business applications and services should stay on-premises (i.e. latency-sensitive applications or critical financial data) and which can be transferred to the cloud (i.e. web services or e-commerce). SMBs require a highly virtualized environment to exploit on-premises resource pools and selectively upgrade your IT. For example, SMBs may choose to modernize over time, converging complex operations with hybrid servers, adding storage access points or virtualizing storage capabilities.