ITaaS Improves Business Processes in the Hybrid Cloud

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The hybrid cloud has emerged as a popular model at a time when utilizing IT-as-a-service (ITaaS) is also gaining momentum. By combining the use of both private and public clouds, hybrid cloud environments can offer organizations the best of both worlds.

Hybrid architectures also enable IT to be flexible and respond quickly to market demands while providing business units with the resources they need. According to a report by Frost & Sullivan, 89 percent of U.S.-based IT decision-makers plan to increase their hybrid infrastructure by 2017 to meet the needs of specific workloads.

Creating Greater Visibility

Businesses are deploying hybrid clouds to become more digitally focused. However, managing these environments can be complex. It can be challenging for IT to transition from its traditional roots as a service provider to a more dynamic and agile department that enables services for consumption. ITaaS can improve hybrid cloud management by providing greater visibility and control over a cloud environment.

Together, ITaaS and hybrid cloud both help to create a more agile, scalable and efficient IT infrastructure. Because ITaaS costs are predictable and transparent, it’s easier for CIOs and IT management to determine the best way to take advantage of hybrid clouds, avoid undermining corporate policies and maintain governance over the end-to-end environment.

Staying flexible is key to improving how a company operates and meets customer expectations. Hybrid clouds can help businesses deliver the right level of service and respond to changing business requirements, reports Forbes.

Managing Multicloud With Cloud Brokers

While the business benefits of hybrid clouds are clear, obtaining them may not be as straightforward. Cloud brokers can act on behalf of customers to aggregate, integrate and customize cloud offerings from multiple providers. They serve as intermediaries between cloud providers and businesses and have the expertise to help organizations understand and navigate among the various cloud options. In addition to helping with IT governance, cloud brokers also provide guidance with regulatory compliance, security and recoverability.

Developing a Smart Cloud Strategy

Provisioning clouds has become quick and easy, with shadow IT taking hold inside organizations as departments deploy cloud services on their own. The ITaaS operational model prompts IT to function as a business unit that serves other lines of business within the organization and helps them meet their long-term goals.

To discourage employees from shopping around for cloud solutions, this new model will help IT become a one-stop shop for internal technology needs and offer services that are more reliable, efficient and cost-effective.

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Esther Shein

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Esther Shein is a freelance writer and editor specializing in technology, business and education. Her work has appeared in several online and print publications, including Inc., Computerworld, NetworkComputing, InformationWeek, BYTE, CIO, CMO.com and The Boston Globe. She has written thought leadership whitepapers, customer case studies and marketing materials in addition to news and feature articles. Prior to going freelance she was the editor-in-chief of Datamation, an online enterprise technology magazine. She was also a senior writer at eWeek (formerly PC Week) and worked at The Associated Press.

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