Optimizing the Hybrid Cloud

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In a world of rapidly advancing deployment choices, enterprises need to have the flexibility of a hybrid cloud while still being able to manage their infrastructure.

The landscape of the IT enterprise is changing faster than ever. Not since the days when client/ server computing shattered the walls of the glass house has IT faced so many new options for infrastructure.

In a way, those shattered walls have just kept dispersing outward. There seem to be no boundaries, with enterprises uploading and downloading data anywhere – from campus to campus, from stores to headquarters, even from offshore oil rigs to onshore data centers. Nor is it just data. Users are everywhere now too, whether they're employees, partners, suppliers or customers. Adding to the complexity is the fact that IT has gone to great effort to break down the silos of operational processes and integrate data as much as possible.

The result of this dispersion is a highly challenging infrastructure matrix, one that requires IT to maintain a harrowing balance. CIOs must offer flexibility to the lines of business, which need a network that makes the most sense for their business processes. But at the same time, CIOs must oversee infrastructure strategy and ensure the security, availability and reliability of the network. Together, CIOs and line-of-business owners must focus on ways to support both business outcomes and IT productivity.

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