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So You’ve Transitioned to Hybrid Cloud – What’s Next?

RightScale recently released its annual State of the Cloud Report for 2019, highlighting that 91 percent of organisations are using public cloud, 72 percent are using private, and the majority of organisations are actually using both, with 69 percent having implemented a hybrid cloud strategy. 1

Technology is constantly evolving, and organisations are always looking for improvements, whether it be in performance, cost measures, service levels or innovation, there’s always room for improvement. So, it makes you think, for those organisations that have moved to a hybrid cloud environment, what should be the next area of focus for their IT environment?

In the past we’ve referred to Gartner’s ‘run-grow-transform’ model, and it’s a good starting point for this article. We won’t go into great depth about it now, but just as a quick refresh:

  • Run indicates how much of your IT resources are focused on the everyday functionality of your organisation.
  • Grow represents how much of your IT resources allow you to enhance your systems in support of organisational growth.
  • Transform represents how much of your IT resources allow your organisation to drive new business capabilities.

Organisations should turn their attention to migrating as much of their ‘run’ resources to as-a-Service offerings so as to maximise the true value of a hybrid cloud ecosystem. By allowing a trusted service provider to handle the ‘run’, organisations can facilitate growth while also enabling their internal IT resources to focus on transforming their organisation for desired IT and organisational outcomes.

While there is no silver bullet solution that will suit every organisation, a strong starting point for transitioning more ‘run’ resources to as-a-Service models is to consider the integral, yet time consuming tasks that facilitate day-to-day operations, but don’t contribute to the overall growth of the organisation – tasks that keep the lights on. The following are four examples of such tasks.

1. Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS)

In a marketplace more competitive than ever, reputation is everything, so having the right backup solution in place is a must. Having a tried and tested backup solution ensures an organisation can continue to operate in the face of data loss or downtime. And handing over the management of the solution enables the IT team to share the responsibility with a trusted service provider.

2. Server Management

Server management takes the ongoing maintenance and management of your on-site infrastructure out of the IT team’s hands. As an example, the partner provides patching on a schedule basis with reporting and visibility under a single pane of glass, delivering continual updates on the state of your server patching and server health.

3. Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS)

The threat landscape takes zero days off so vigilance must be at a premium. SECaaS provides you with a team of qualified security specialists that keep your organisation completely up to date with respect to protecting against the latest security threats. It’s almost impossible to ahead of the constantly evolving threat landscape, so why not leave it to a team dedicated entirely to this task?

4. Enterprise Wireless-as-a-Service (WaaS)

Finding the right networking setup is a complex and time-consuming area of IT that requires specialised skills. As underlying infrastructure that links many elements of your IT environment, it’s also highly critical to the success of your organisation. Moving this aspect of your IT management to a WaaS model facilitates the optimal setup your organisation requires, while also lowering the total cost of ownership (TCO) with an OPEX cost model and advanced scalability.

These four as-a-Service offerings alone will deliver a huge impact on your organisation through the removal of immense strain on your already stretched IT team, while also alleviating some of the TCO associated with running these systems.

They allow your IT team to become far more strategic in their approach with the ability to focus on projects that are in line with your key organisational goals and objectives. Transitioning these four ‘run’ resources of your environment to as-a-Service models is going to deliver countless hours back to your IT team each and every week.

Get in touch with our friendly expert team and begin the transition to a fully optimised and utilised hybrid cloud ecosystem.

1 RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report from Flexera™, As Cloud Grows, Organisations Focus on Cloud Costs and Governance,

So you’ve transitioned to a hybrid cloud environment – what should be the next area of focus for your IT environment?