Hybrid Cloud & Shadow I.T

Over the past few years we’ve all spent time learning and reading about Public vs. Private clouds and the concept of a Hybrid cloud environment. We’ve also heard a lot about the growing impact of Shadow IT, as more solutions and applications are being used without the knowledge or approval of I.T teams.

Organizations experiencing Shadow IT are essentially dealing with hybrid cloud scenarios, which can lead to increased costs, security vulnerabilities and a much more complex I.T environment. But even though hybrid cloud scenarios have been a key cause of Shadow IT (among many), there are clear advantages as well.

I recently read a great, write up on the Business Benefits of a Hybrid Cloud Platform – by DXC Technology,

  • Computing resource and platform capabilities can be obtained as a service, which means they can be scaled to fit business needs on demand
  • An agile compute infrastructure spanning private and public cloud which allows the selection of the right location for workloads.
  • Brokerage capabilities provide a relevant set of infrastructure and platform services under a hybrid cloud delivery model, eliminating the challenges of shadow IT.
  • Unified and granular visibility into resource consumption show who, what, where, and for how long. This addresses governance, risk, and compliance, and leads to better workload analysis, placement, and – ultimately – cost optimization
  • Harmonized service characteristics across public and private cloud infrastructures provide a consistent experience and deliver the benefits of a managed service with the level of control your business needs.
  • A hybrid cloud platform facilitates digital transformation, by enabling organizations to harness the best from the public cloud and on-premises infrastructure services
  • The flexibility of hybrid platforms helps organizations readily access cloud based applications and resources whilst eliminating costs and constraints of some hardware and software.

The key to enabling these benefits though, is intentional and active management.

A critical component of the hybrid cloud platform is establishing an on-premises or private cloud to bridge the gap between traditional IT delivery and a public cloud, for workloads that can benefit from a cloud delivery model but need to remain on-premises.

The private cloud ensures that the public cloud is exploited for appropriate workloads while maintaining traditional IT delivery for business-critical legacy applications, which can be optimized in place as needed.

Rather than create a “competing” platform, the establishment of a private cloud creates a new center of gravity designed to naturally shift demand from existing infrastructure and shadow IT to a faster, less expensive, and more capable alternative.

A well managed hybrid cloud platform helps create an environment where business users can get immediate access to the resources they need. Given the ability to provision their own computing resources through self-service and storefront-like interfaces, business units will be less tempted to turn to shadow IT.

The complexity and scope of the IT estate will be greatly reduced and this improves the overall security posture of any organization…







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