Legacy infrastructure, public clouds, private clouds, software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, managed services … today’s hybrid IT environment is highly complex. Each component on its own is chosen to enhance business agility or protect IT assets, yet the hybrid IT environment taken as a whole can become unwieldy, inefficient, costly, and anything but agile. Nevertheless, you can master business agility in a hybrid IT world. Here are three factors that are essential for optimizing your environment and delivering agility for your business.
Data: The Lifeblood of Your Business
Data is all-important. It permeates every aspect of your hybrid IT environment, from legacy servers to public clouds to SaaS applications and more. As such, data deserves a close and careful look. For example,
- Does a given database serve one application or multiple applications? Whichever the case is, be sure the database is optimized to deliver data with the speed and availability necessary to keep the application(s) running at maximum productivity.
- If the data is mission-critical, are there appropriate availability and disaster recovery provisions in place to protect it? In a disaster situation, you could recover your applications and have a perfectly functioning infrastructure, but without the right data, business remains at a standstill.
- At what rate is the data for each application proliferating? Today, data is growing at an unprecedented rate. This exponential growth can overload servers, slow down networks, complicate backup plans, and hinder application performance unless you take proactive steps to accommodate it.
Answering questions about your data will help you create a hybrid IT environment where data flows effortlessly from system to system and user to user, delivering agility throughout your organization.