Defining Hybrid IT
Hybrid IT, in its most simple form, is the mix of IT infrastructure platforms - legacy on-premise and private/public hybrid clouds - that an enterprise uses to satisfy its application workload and data needs. As our global research has shown, there are recognisable beneﬁts of Hybrid IT including; increased business agility (46 percent), improved customer service (41 percent) and faster product development (34 percent). However, with the convergence of multiple technologies and service-delivery models, managing a hybrid IT model has become immensely complex. What used to be in one data center now spans geographies, partners, hybrid cloud & legacy systems, and applications.
At one time, that definition simply referred to the split of technology resources provided by either an in-house IT organisation or an external supplier. But the demand for digital business processes and the growth of cloud computing expanded both the definition and the complexity of hybrid IT.
As a result, it also includes hybrid clouds, a combination of public and private cloud infrastructures that are hosted and managed internally, by a cloud provider or multiple providers.
Now, hybrid IT is the enterprise norm. In fact, Gartner says a massive shift to hybrid architecture services is underway. By 2020, 90 percent of organisations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management.1
What does a hybrid infrastructure look like?