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Hybrid cloud: Understanding the benefits, and making your move

By now, you've probably learned at least something about the potential benefits of moving your IT systems to the cloud, and perhaps you're already thinking of how to go about making the move. At the same time, exploring the cloud has most likely led you to realize that it isn't a good fit for all of your workloads. This is where the concept of the hybrid cloud comes into play. By joining one or more public cloud instances together with private cloud or on premises systems, you'll be able to design a complete integrated IT infrastructure that capitalizes on the best aspects of all its individual parts.

Looking to make a move to the cloud? Find out why a cloud assessment should be your first step

Today's IT leaders face a wide variety of challenges every day. Whether it's making the most of limited resources, ensuring that line of business employees are empowered to do their jobs well, or keeping vital company data stored safely, these administrators have a lot of priorities competing for their time. Throw in the unexpected crises that inevitably arise in IT settings, and it's hard to understand how these people get anything done at all.

Hybrid Cloud: Is it all hype or is it for real?

These days, it seems like hybrid cloud is on the lips and minds of IT leaders everywhere. However, in an industry like IT, which is often driven by hype surrounding the next big thing, regardless of what that might be, it's worth taking some time to stop and think about what hybrid cloud really is, and what the interest surrounding it represents. In this three-part series of blog posts, we'll take a closer look at what hybrid cloud really is, and whether the hype surrounding it is really justified.

Hybrid Cloud - What we can learn from the IBM Growing Up Hybrid report

For many IT organizations, interest in hybrid cloud is the highest it has ever been. However, it can often be difficult for these organizations to separate hype from reality. In spite of all the talk, questions still abound: what does a great hybrid cloud environment actually look like? What are the main differences between leading hybrid organizations and others that are less successful? Perhaps most importantly, what kind of benefits do these organizations actually enjoy as a result of their move to hybrid?

Heading to InterConnect? Hit up the Cima booth to learn about our approach to cloud!

IBM InterConnect 2016 is quickly approaching, but there's still time to register if you haven't already done so. This year's event will be jam-packed with all the content, presentations, product demos and training opportunities you need to make the most of cloud and mobile technology from IBM and its partner ecosystem. Simply put, it may be the best opportunity you have all year to ensure you're making the most of your existing technology investments, while also identifying new opportunities to take your operations to the next level. Of course, hanging out in Vegas for a few nights while networking with your peers is another great part of the InterConnect experience that you're not going to want to miss.

Private to Multi to Hybrid Cloud: Adoption is a Journey

There are conversations about cloud happening every day. A recent survey by the Open Data Center Alliance shows that 80% of respondents planned on adopting a hybrid cloud approach. It appears that a true hybrid cloud approach is the holy grail for cloud adoption.

Five Considerations To Help You Choose the Right Cloud

Cloud services can offer a lot of benefits. They include cost, flexibility, agility, and more efficient systems management. However, it takes a lot of thought to ensure that your organization is prepared to take advantage of the cloud. The first step is to develop your hybrid cloud roadmap.

5 Steps to Developing a Hybrid Cloud Roadmap

Adoption of cloud technologies is happening rapidly. According to a 2015 survey by Cowen & Company, 77% of enterprises report meaningful adoption of the cloud and believe more processes could be moved to the platform.

Three Paths to Going Hardware Free ~ Todd Brown, Cima Solutions Group

Traditionally, data centers have relied on hardware for storage, but physical servers have drawbacks, like short lifecycles and the expense of space and energy for cooling. Accordingly, ComputerWorld calls data centers “the new polluters”, reporting that it takes 34 power plants and 500 megawatts of electricity to power the world’s data centers. With physical servers placing a strain on your company’s resources, it makes sense to explore ways to either reduce or eliminate the hardware from your data center. On the journey to a hardware-free data center, consider three possible paths: Virtualization, software-defined storage, and the public cloud.

The Two Faces of Hybrid Cloud ~ Mark Venator, Cima Solutions Group

Depending on where we are and who we are dealing with, most of us will slightly change personas, speaking, or appearance to suit the situation. For example, we may wear a suit and a tie to work, but board shorts with a Hawaiian shirt at home on the weekends. Similarly, we probably wouldn’t ask our boss or a co-worker for advice on a personal problem. We might even alter our voice or vocabulary to communicate better with people we know well by taking on an accent or using slang words.