What is hybrid IT?

Hybrid IT is an enterprise computing approach that runs existing in-house IT infrastructure alongside public cloud services for various enterprise workload and data needs.

For many organizations, a hybrid IT approach is the new reality as business becomes increasingly digital and cloud technologies continue to grow at a rapid rate. But not all organizations can jump fully into the cloud. Hybrid IT is often used as a strategy to support specific business outcomes.

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Why hybrid IT?

There are many reasons—from cost to security—for choosing to keep certain things in-house. A hybrid IT strategy provides the flexibility to do so while leveraging the public cloud for things that make sense for the business.

With hybrid IT, businesses can use the cloud to supplement on-premises resources, gaining much-needed scalability and agility without having to invest in additional capital infrastructure or get rid of legacy investments. Hybrid IT also allows organizations to choose where they store data depending on preference or regulatory and compliance requirements.

Organizations may seek a hybrid IT approach if:

  • Regulations or security concerns require certain resources to reside on-premises
  • They’re still getting value out of their existing IT infrastructure
  • They want or need to maintain centralized IT control
  • They have legacy systems that can’t run in the cloud
  • They’re not ready to go fully cloud or are just starting to try out cloud services
  • Unlike hybrid cloud, the in-house and cloud resources in a hybrid IT environment are not integrated to work together as one.

Challenges of hybrid IT

While hybrid IT is an appealing choice, it also brings some new challenges. With workloads, apps, and data spread out across locations, clouds, and public and private infrastructures, hybrid IT inevitably makes things more complicated. It’s more important than ever that IT maintain visibility, control, and security of their hybrid IT environment.

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Citrix solutions for hybrid IT

Organizations looking to embrace a hybrid IT model can choose from a range of options with Citrix. Whether you need to simplify hybrid cloud app delivery, modernize your IT infrastructure, or deploy desktop as a service (DaaS) solutions, Citrix provides everything you need to migrate to the cloud at the pace that works best for your business.

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