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IBM: How Hybrid Helps CTOs

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“The debate is over. Hybrid cloud services—seamlessly blending on-premise infrastructure with cloud infrastructure—are firmly established as the engine of growth and transformation for companies across the globe,” IBM declares in a recent white paper developed in partnership with Hurwitz & Associates.  In their white paper, they outline how hybrid cloud solves five challenges that chief technology officers (CTOs) face.  Today, let’s take a look at their findings.

The Challenges. First as they discussed the current operating environment and market demands with tech leaders, common concerns became apparent. CTOs report they are concerned about:

  • Responding rapidly to changing business demands
  • Delivering on SLAs
  • Securing data and intellectual property
  • Controlling costs
  • Simplifying management and orchestration of assets

Do any of these challenges sound familiar?  Do you have the same concerns?

The Benefits of Hybrid Cloud. Hybrid cloud allows companies to build a competitive advantage with better service integration, more flexibility and faster workload deployments.  One leader in the white paper remarked, “One of the drawbacks of standard IT is being flexible enough to meet changing customer needs while being rigid enough and consistent enough to be automated in a cloud environment.”  As the world continues to go more mobile, more web and more social both customers and employees demand information and services instantly.  Hybrid cloud allows for seamless integration across operating models and provides the flexibility and the ability to scale-up to meet today’s needs and be ready for tomorrow’s. A hybrid cloud solution gives companies an end-to-end view to better evaluate costs.  The white paper also points out that hybrid cloud solutions grounded in virtualization, multi-tenancy and micro-partitioning are key to better orchestration and management. Finally, hybrid cloud can help maintain security at all levels. Hybrid cloud brings the best of both public and private cloud services allowing IT visibility into each area.

Hybrid cloud has become an important solution that allows companies to remain competitive in today’s ever changing environment.