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Hybrid IT: Benefits and Challenges Explored

Much like the Internet of Things (IoT) and bring your own device (BYOD), hybrid IT has arrived in full force and is here to stay. It isn’t just me or Pulse Secure making a bold claim to support a specific notion or to garner attention. Analysts and industry experts are all re-iterating similar sentiment. In its most recent Data Center and Cloud Computing Update 2015, Frost & Sullivan’s Mayank Kapoor said:

"Hybrid IT is defining the new normal, the Cloud is enabling the accelerated adoption of new technologies such as Big Data, the Internet of Things and Connected Industries."

Hybrid IT, when done correctly, can yield tremendous benefits – combining cloud-based applications with in-house applications and databases, enabling flexible workloads and most importantly allowing for a more mobile and productive workforce. However, it also has its challenges that might not surprise folks in the enterprise space – handling and vast array of new devices entering the workforce and, of course, security.

Pulse Secure, in collaboration with cloud and security expert Jim Romeo, teamed up to co-author, "Transforming Enterprise Productivity with Hybrid IT." The piece, available for download, addresses what is needed to effectively implement hybrid IT within the enterprise setting, along with specific case examples that examine the challenges and benefits of deployment. It will provide specifics on:

  • Managing security risks in a hybrid IT environment
  • Effectively leveraging the cloud and the data center
  • Mobility and the notion of securing data, not devices
  • Looking at the Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) model
  • Case examples ensuring seamless enterprise management and productivity in a hybrid IT environment

Hybrid IT is a game changer and its benefits far outweigh the risks– however, if the right steps aren’t taken, you could find yourself on the outside looking in.