Hybrid IT: The Biggest IT Trend No One’s Paying Attention To


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By Craig Hurley, Vice President, Hybrid Cloud & DRaaS 

The number of businesses deploying applications in the cloud continues to grow. In a 2016 survey of companies with more than 100 employees, 90% of respondents said they planned to increase or maintain their cloud spending in 2016.

Everyone’s talking about the advantages of cloud computing and how businesses can safely, securely, and quickly move their data and applications to the cloud. And the idea of a hybrid cloud has been around for a while, typically referring to an on-premise data center and either a public or private cloud scenario.  However, there is another important business trend that isn’t getting the attention it deserves: Hybrid IT.

What is Hybrid IT?

In short, Hybrid IT looks at each business and application to determine the best deployment methodology for the situation. Those methods could include multiple combinations of public cloud, private cloud, private-hosted cloud, colocation, or data centers located at one or more client sites.  Hybrid IT spans multiple clouds managed through a single pane of glass.

Now, you might think that sounds reasonable. Who wouldn’t want to identify and utilize the right platform for each individual application? Well, apparently, Hybrid IT is an approach that is still unfamiliar to many.

As reported in ZD Net, only 55% of all respondents to a recent survey said they were “familiar with the concept of a Hybrid Cloud.” Another 33% said they were familiar, but admitted to not knowing much about it. And, only 36% said they were actually using a hybrid cloud. Clearly, if you haven’t thought much about a Hybrid Cloud, or it’s more inclusive cousin—Hybrid IT—you’re not alone.

The Great Disconnect

There is an interesting disconnect in the data reported. When asked to estimate the percentage of their organization’s applications and systems that will be cloud-based in five years, only 8% said they would be 100% cloud—hybrid or otherwise. Another 1% said they wouldn’t be in the cloud at all.

That leaves 91% of organizations that anticipate using some combination of on-premises and in-the-cloud solutions. In other words, most organizations anticipate having a Hybrid IT environment within the next 5 years, whether they call it that or not.

Hopefully, this push toward Hybrid IT shows that organizational leaders realize that, when it comes to IT strategies, one size does not fit all. Instead of asking how fast can I get to the cloud, the better question might be, how can I choose the right deployment for my organization and applications?

I recently gave a presentation at ZertoCon in Boston on TierPoint’s Software-Defined DRaaS. Feel free to check it out below: 


In upcoming posts, we’ll answer that question by digging deeper into the concept of Hybrid IT, covering topics such as the benefits of Hybrid IT, how to choose between different deployment methods, and the pitfalls to watch out for. In the meantime, if you have specific questions about Hybrid IT, feel free to add your comments below.


Cosentry Craig HurleyCraig Hurley is Vice President, Hybrid Cloud & DRaaS at TierPoint, the leading national provider of hybrid IT solutions. TierPoint helps organizations of all shapes and sizes improve agility, drive performance, and manage risk.  With more than 15 years of product management experience, Craig is responsible for the entire life-cycle of TierPoint’s data center, hosting, cloud and managed services portfolio.