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According to a recent UBS Evidence Lab study, 60 percent of IT administrators and CIOs surveyed agreed that hybrid solutions make the most sense. And data from a recent Synergy report said that spending on private and hybrid cloud services is growing at 45 percent per year. With a fully managed hybrid cloud, companies get all the benefits without the challenges and stress of maintaining it themselves. Below are a few reasons why multi-cloud strategies are becoming so popular.
Hybrid cloud, as it might be guessed, only touches upon the multiple uses of the cloud. But of course, there’s a lot more to IT than cloud services. IT includes backup, disaster recovery or colocation/bare metal hardware from legacy systems. Some applications are tedious and complex to move into the cloud, ultimately taking more time and money that it’s worth to keep them on a dedicated server.
Hybrid IT means using all of these services along with your cloud strategy to form a complete IT solution. Take that a step further, and managed hybrid IT is using a single provider or providers to handle all of your IT needs, whether that’s disaster recovery, cloud, backup, or colocation. In the end, it’s all about flexibility and transparency, where you can easily manage each service you purchase.
Hybrid cloud offers many benefits to organizations, including a better ability to scale specific workloads and place their data in the best environment for them, which means more options. With a fully managed hybrid solution, businesses can reap the benefits of hybrid without the challenges of deploying and maintaining the infrastructure. As Jim Comfort of IBM says, “Organizations not only need to support the shift to hybrid, but also look for ways to exploit it in order to succeed, grow, and beat their competition.”