Agile Hybrid Cloud Platform Enables Business Success
Traditional IT delivery models can’t match the pace of change in modern enterprises, and that’s why the agile hybrid cloud is a key element in the digital transformation journey. Combining the dynamic public cloud with a modern, on-premises platform eliminates the restrictions of a traditional IT approach, creating a business-relevant infrastructure to meet the demands of executive stakeholders and users alike. Agile hybrid clouds enable organizations to rapidly develop, deploy, execute and protect next-generation applications through a flexible, policy-driven software-defined platform that reinforces the value IT brings to the business.
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The Modern Cloud Platform Removes Limitations
IT has a tradition of building silos of technology. Sometimes IT builds silos because the organization has discrete functional requirements. Sometimes it builds them because of budgetary cycles, software licensing, hardware scalability or a convincing sales message. Whatever the cause, organizations often end up with many data repositories and a complex, inflated IT estate.
Even as walls go up between applications and data, however, businesses need to tear them down. New channels require new applications. Market windows open and close in a matter of months, even weeks. As a result, application needs have undergone a dramatic shift. Today, the table stakes for new applications include the ability to interface with loosely coupled services, to implement infrastructure as code and to tolerate failures. These requirements fundamentally change the infrastructure that serves them.
The limitations of privately hosted environments, once state of the art, now hinder IT’s ability to provide business agility. As cloud architecture has taken root in IT strategy, some businesses have adopted a public-cloud-first approach. In certain circumstances, however, a public cloud may not be appropriate or desired for a particular workload, due to regulatory compliance, architecture constraints, software licensing and so forth. To facilitate these kinds of workloads, what’s needed is a modern platform that embraces cloud characteristics and is implemented on-premises.
An agile hybrid cloud platform provides a compelling option to address many of these business challenges. It enables the provision of relevant and inexpensive computing resources that span private and public cloud infrastructures. It ensures that policy-aligned resources can be consumed at the point of use. And it employs software-defined APIs using a centralized management, orchestration and governance framework.
Download the complete position paper to learn:
- How cloud platforms greatly reduce the complexity and scope of the IT estate
- How modern clouds can help IT scale like never before
- How business users can get immediate access to the resources they need