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How to survive in the hybrid cloud world?

In the early days of the cloud there was debate about the advantages and disadvantages of private and public cloud. Guess who won? Neither – or both.

Peter Österdahl / February 07, 2019

Can things change quickly and still stay the same? Many companies have mastered this seemingly impossible task. They adopt bleeding-edge cloud services and use the latest technologies to drive business, but at the same time use old organizational structures to run the company. If you want to do business effectively, your company must change.

In the early days of the cloud there was debate about the advantages and disadvantages of private and public cloud. Guess who won? Neither – or both.

The current trend is to use the best of the both worlds in a hybrid model. If agility, cost transparency, and scalability are needed, companies use public cloud services. If data location or bandwidth are of high importance, private cloud will fit the bill.

Cloud computing is more than just a technology solution. It can be an extremely effective business driver. The revolution may have started in the IT departments, but smart leaders were quick to spot the business benefits and weave the cloud into the company's main business.

How to work in the new model?
What does this move to the hybrid cloud mean in practice?

Let me give an example. Previously, when businesses wanted a certain functionality, they went to the IT department, whose main concern was how to accommodate the request with the existing system architecture. Before long, a simple feature request might have turned into a major IT project.

In hybrid environment, the situation is often the opposite. When business has a need, IT looks for the best solutions and tools across internal and/or external providers. The main drivers aren't compatibility or familiarity, but speed and agility.

However, most companies still lack the structure and IT architecture to function effectively in this manner. And this, in turn, easily leads to poorly planned deployments of cutting-edge cloud services, which can have the unwanted consequence of alienating IT from business.

We are now entering the age of cloud-first IT. Gartner has boldly predicted that by 2025, as much as 80% of companies have shut down their traditional data centers. Sooner than you think, cloud will be the norm for most types of company IT, and anything else is going to be an exception to the rule. If IT managers wish to use local computing or storage resources, they have to give very good reasons for this.

Some companies still run IT as a separate entity or a support function. This won't do. If the use of technology isn't clearly connected to business goals, you are just wasting time and money. To reap the benefits of hybrid cloud, IT and business must work together.

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Peter Österdahl
Business Developer, Tieto Security Services

Peter has a long track record of helping businesses increase their security posture. With a curious mindset and a geek's mentality towards technology, Peter helps customers navigate through the enormous security landscape to achieve the best possible outcome. This curiosity led to a deep dive into GDPR and the many challenges our customers and their consumers face, to better understand and advise on how security can play a supportive role in order to obtain compliance. Peter has a background from companies such as F-Secure, Atea as well as Nordic startups.

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