Optimize Your IT environment by Adopting a Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Executive Insights4 minutes readMay 13th, 2014

With new trends like Consumerization and Big Data affecting businesses drastically, dependency on IT is at a new high. And as organizations want to grow they are invariably spread around the world to increase their size and revenues. These trends have also led to a huge rise in remote workers. With a global customer base, organizations are expected to deliver quickly and effectively to their clients more than ever before. And most often, organizations operate in a budget constrained environment with limited resources to achieve their goals.

Given that such an impact could make or break an organization, dependency on IT increases manifold to support business – demanding better and more efficient infrastructures and resources. IT will need to have its infrastructure ready to configure, manage and support new devices. Networking needs will increase with the additional devices and so does storage.  Applications may need to be customized to work on the new devices that operate on new platforms.  To support this environment you will need expertise to maintain these platforms and of course, adherence to compliance needs will need to be managed. Such market demands tests your IT environment to operate in a cost effective manner. Optimizing your IT is the only key.

However, optimizing IT can often come at the cost of lower service levels and can inhibit innovation.  How can we lower cost of operations, avoid security breaches, automate IT processes and manage IT across the entire organization?

Adopting a Hybrid Cloud strategy can help organizations overcome key challenges when planning to implement a cloud environment.  According to Gartner, nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017.  A hybrid cloud strategy enables a highly customizable IT environment that is agile, flexible and adaptable allowing faster time to market.  It is also encourages innovation as it retains the unique cloud features thus enabling you to explore and develop new opportunities in minimal time and at minimal expense.  And equally important a hybrid cloud strategy can align to your security needs.

Unisys Cloud Services provides businesses and governments a comprehensive cloud architecture that gives customers cloud on their terms.  Our VantagePoint management platform enables a single pane of glass to effectively manage a variety of clouds within an organization, whether they are public or private.

The benefits Unisys brings to Hybrid cloud are derived through experience.  We understand the technical and organizational challenges faced by large enterprises when planning, implementing, and running hybrid clouds because we’ve gone through them as a company.  There are many benefits to be gained and Unisys has capabilities to help you achieve them,” says Scott Christie, Director of Unisys Azure Cloud Services.

We deliver these services through Microsoft Azure, a proven, enterprise ready platform.  Microsoft Azure strongly embraces the hybrid cloud framework and has the necessary assets across virtualization, identity, data platform, development and management to provide consistent experiences across on-premises, Microsoft Azure and third party service providers. This enables seamless integration between on-premise and cloud environments – across infrastructure, applications, identity, and databases.  Azure embraces open technologies and allows you to run a variety of workloads in the cloud.  And the Azure cloud is reliable and trustworthy; Microsoft participates in industry standards like ISO 27001, SSAE16 and Cloud Security Alliance.

We typically see clients adopting a hybrid cloud strategy for workloads such as test and development, SharePoint, storage and backup and recovery.  These easy entry points often lead to adopting cloud for other applications across the organization, creating a platform for innovation as the use of cloud spreads.  Organizations have also found added value by more efficiently utilizing exiting Azure licenses, increased automation, more effective management of workloads and lower operating costs while creating an agile IT environment that can easily adopt the clouds of their choice.

By utilizing Unisys Hybrid Cloud Services with Microsoft Azure you can deliver an agile, mission-critical IT environment that is secure.  As your use of cloud becomes more prevalent across your organization, IT will have the ability to enable innovation across the business by readily being able to explore and quickly adopt new opportunities.

Watch the Applied Innovation Webinar on demand on this topic with Scott Christie, Director of Azure Cloud Services for additional information and insight.

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