Hybrid cloud. Hybrid multicloud. Hybrid IT. These terms are becoming part of our standard infrastructure lexicon, but what’s the real difference between them? Although they’re not interchangeable, they are closely related to one another. Hybrid cloud typically refers to orchestrating services across public clouds and on-premises data centers. Hybrid multicloud takes into account the complexity that most companies find themselves facing—with applications and data working seamlessly across multiple clouds and data centers to deliver the best user experience.

 

So, what then is hybrid IT? According to Jason Bloomberg, founder and president of digital transformation analyst firm Intellyx, it’s a combination of on-premises IT assets with public and private cloud environments, representing a workload-centric approach to managing diverse IT assets across the enterprise.

 

That definition might be a mouthful, but understanding how to implement and use hybrid IT is a critical task in today’s multicloud world. In his white paper Extend the Cloud to the Data Center with Hybrid IT, Bloomberg states that “there must be a single architectural strategy that unites the various cloud and on-premises options in order to support coherent governance and security, while simultaneously focusing on the diverse, dynamic needs of the workloads such enterprises must run.” This strategy can help organizations like yours deliver a hybrid multicloud experience. And it starts with careful consideration of technology solutions.

 

To help you get started, this white paper discusses:

 

  • What hybrid IT is
  • Steps that your organization should take to adopt hybrid IT
  • The role of HCI in hybrid IT (HCI is not simply hyperconverged infrastructure, but hybrid cloud infrastructure)
  • Containers and future application development
  • How DevOps enables hybrid IT
  • How the term “cloud native” is changing
  • What hybrid IT means for your customers

“You can think of hybrid IT as representing the culmination of many trends within the IT infrastructure world over the last few decades: virtualization and cloud computing. HCI and containers. DevOps and digital transformation.” —Jason Bloomberg, Intellyx

 

Users demand the ability to move their applications where they need them, on site or off site. Organizations like yours must change their infrastructure and processes today to succeed tomorrow and to deliver experiences that satisfy customers, increase market share, lower customer churn, and increase profits. Those organizations who don’t might not survive in a hybrid economy.

 

To learn how your organization can remain relevant and competitive, download the Intellyx white paper, Extend the Cloud to the Data Center with Hybrid IT.

 

Cynthia Gutowski

Cyndi Gutowski is a Product Marketing Manager at NetApp where she drives business agility through SolidFire and Element OS. With over 25 years in the storage industry she has held a variety of roles in the lab and as a Product Manager, Tech Marketing Manager, and Strategic Customer Manager for disk, flash, and software only solutions aimed at digital transformation. Prior to joining NetApp, Cyndi was the Technical Product Marketing and Strategic Customer Manager at Oracle responsible for Hybrid Cloud solutions