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A hybrid IT survival guide for SMBs

By Paul Lyons - Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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It’s not easy to survive, let alone thrive in today’s competitive digital age, where businesses are having to conquer more IT challenges than ever before. Obstacles to overcome include an influx of data, an increasingly mobile workforce, and heightened complexity as a result of rapidly evolving technologies.

 

However, it is possible to construct a solid IT infrastructure, which not only solves these problems in a quick and efficient manner, but also allows businesses to accomplish their goals and achieve a distinct competitive advantage.

 

As an HPE whitepaper entitled Flexible, agile IT to modernise and grow your business explains: “Hybrid IT allows businesses to leverage the greater control, faster access, and increased security that comes with on-premises IT, while also taking advantage of the enhanced agility, reduced costs, and seamless access to applications of the cloud.”

 

So, here’s a SMB survival guide for hybrid IT.

 

Conduct an assessment of current IT

 

In order to improve your existing system, you must gain an implicit understanding of it. This should include all aspects of infrastructure, such as servers, processes, applications, and devices.

 

You will also need to evaluable current resources in terms of hardware and software, the condition of current infrastructure, and what technology you want to use in the future.

 

Create a transformation plan

 

Strategy is key for successful hybrid IT. Therefore, you must outline a road map for transformation, leaving no stone unturned.

 

Try to build your plan around the operational and financial goals of the business, which should include a timeline, resources, and capital investments required for hybrid IT.

 

Audit IT workloads

 

By taking stock of current IT processes, you can identity which workloads are best suited to the cloud and which would be better on-premises. The latter of which typically includes anything affected by processing latency, security, or compliance.

 

Don’t rush this step and take your time, as you will need to determine the optimal platform for each app, workload, and service
– a primary goal of hybrid IT.

 

Prepare for the future

 

Think carefully about which applications the business will want to run in the next three years and whether your current infrastructure can support them.

 

With agile IT infrastructure, you can future-proof the business, reduce the complexity of new technologies, and capitalise on the latest solutions coming to market.

For more information, check out HPE’s hybrid IT whitepaper.

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