Pre-pandemic, IT professionals defined user groups based on office location.
The pandemic has caused a shift in mindset. Now, IT professionals need to consider where their user groups live when deploying IT infrastructure and working to support it.
That has created the need for a whole new strategy.
speaks with Mark Dehmlow
, senior manager of Business Development at Panduit
- Hybrid IT
- The shift from cloud first
- Data efficiency and data security
Many people use hybrid cloud and hybrid IT interchangeably. In reality, they are two distinct things.
Hybrid cloud refers to multiple cloud environments. Organizations use this strategy to leverage best-in-class solutions or gain a better position in terms of vendor management negotiations.
Hybrid IT can have elements of hybrid cloud, but it goes deeper.
“It leverages infrastructure across not only cloud,” Mark says, “but also multitenant data centers, or colo environments, as well as traditional on-premise environments.”
Shift from cloud first
When Panduit commissioned a study among IT decision-makers at medium to large enterprise accounts, the strategy of choice for nearly 60% of respondents was hybrid IT.
The cloud-first model of pre-pandemic times is giving way to an era where hybrid IT will become the predominant approach.
The primary reason for this shift comes down to latency. Some applications with a sensitivity to latency have failed in an environment where the IT resources simply aren’t close enough to where the end users are.
For smaller companies, another reason for this shift revolves around cost savings. Their size may have made it impossible for them to benefit from the promised cost savings of a cloud-first environment.
Hybrid IT has emerged as a solution for many of these challenges.
“If you truly want to optimize application performance, user experience and your overall infrastructure costs, hybrid IT is the strategy that can help you get there,” Mark says.
Data efficiency and data security
Returning to the issue of latency, the only way to optimize application performance and enhance the user experience is by reducing latency in the network.
That doesn’t necessarily mean a move away from the cloud. After all, we can consume cloud services in different ways. It simply means optimizing the infrastructure.
With regard to data security, the first thing most people think about is network security. While that is essential, physical security is a critical element as well.
In a hybrid IT strategy, we’re no longer talking about the traditional, centralized, on-premise data center. Now, infrastructure can be deployed in environments that companies don’t have complete control over.
In light of that, we need to take physical security to a different level and plan and design for an intelligent infrastructure that lies outside of the traditional IT environment.
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