Friday, 21 April 2017

Getting more from ‘best of both’ worlds

It feels like it’s always been the same old story for the majority of businesses on their cloud journeys. Or sometimes the lack of journey.

They reach a stage where a certain amount of their data and applications have been successfully migrated to the cloud, while the rest - the ones that feel can’t be moved -remain on-prem.

Once those basic applications are moved to the cloud this should be their chance to take stock and see what else could be done to make their IT more efficient or cost-effective.

Cue head-scratching and deliberations on how they can best utilise both on-prem equipment and cloud based services.

But having applications running in two different places but connecting to each other has become very achievable especially with the advent of open 'apis' (application programming interfaces), which allow applications to communicate with each other.

The reality is that today, more and more businesses believe a blend of cloud and on-prem is a desirable end-position.

They’re sticking with their hybrid IT solution because it gives them the best of both worlds.

What still differs though are the reasons why businesses get to, or are heading towards, a particular hybrid position.

For many, full cloud migration hasn’t been an option because of the many different security requirements or compliance challenges.

Complexity resolved

Yet in our experience at Westcoast, and through working with the partners we do, the most common reason why enterprises - and SMBs - don’t go for total cloud is the complexity of their existing on-prem solution.

Yes, they can take services like Office 365, SharePoint, data analytics, and so on, to the cloud with relative ease. But transferring that business-critical, on-prem CRM application or that age old bespoke solution that’s been quietly effective for more than a decade now?

That’s just not going to happen easily.

Having the ‘best of both worlds’ in the solutions that are available are becoming more and more prevalent in the marketplace and vendors are seeing that there isn’t a one size fits all for the majority of businesses.

There is some complexity in tying together solutions that sit in two different locations but, more and more, this complexity is being removed. This enables businesses to leverage the cloud with all its benefits of scalability, flexibility and cost effectiveness alongside traditional on premise solutions to allow that sweating of assets where it is required to do so.

Combine the two and get something special

Combining the two ways of working together can really pay dividends for businesses. Working with a partner that can help you understand how this can be done can take the headache and the complexity away.

At Westcoast, our knowledge and capability around hybrid IT – including our expertise of Microsoft platforms such as Azure, HPE’s Hyper Converged solutions, Lenovo and HP hardware together with niche cloud services providers puts us in a unique position to be able to provide our partners with everything they need to deliver a hybrid IT solution suitable for their customers.

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