To maximize the benefits of hybrid cloud infrastructures, we can consider the as-a-service services of specialized providers for the management of these mostly highly complex IT infrastructures. By leveraging cloud infrastructures, organizations save costs, become more agile, and drive innovation faster. This is also shown by various surveys. Many of the IT decision-makers see it as a prerequisite for maintaining competitiveness in their industry. The trend is clearly towards hybrid clouds, as they combine the best of two worlds: the reliability and security of private clouds with the scalability and computing power of public cloud resources. Also, hybrid IT environments are seen as an important driver of digitalization.
Increasing complexity increases the problems
But as is so often the case, the devil is in the detail and it turns out that the right cloud strategy is very important. As a means, many companies find it difficult to understand and control the multitude of applications, services and platforms with on-board equipment. 65 per cent of companies with hybrid cloud implementations outsource certain workloads and see managed services as the primary task in monitoring and managing IT systems. The following factors are identified by companies as the four main drivers for outsourcing hybrid cloud management:
- Cost efficiency: Cloud Managed Services providers have centralized solutions to automatically allocate cloud resources across the entire IT environment, depending on the hardware required for them. This helps companies to save on costly human and technical resources and reduce time-consuming manual activities. Also, unnecessary software subscriptions can be avoided.
- Freedom for strategic projects: Automating management routines frees up IT resources for strategic tasks that can help drive business success. For example, IT departments can focus more on the implementation of new digital processes and business models, the improvement of internal processes, the increase in company profitability and measures for cost optimization.
- Compensation of own know-how deficits: Cloud Managed Services Providers provides access to valuable expertise and tools that IT departments typically do not have themselves. They provide innovative services and automation technologies and leverage forward-looking approaches such as artificial intelligence and data analytics to unlock the fullest potential of hybrid cloud environments for their customers.
- Simplified management: Organizations that put the management of their hybrid cloud in the hands of proven experts benefit from better performance, availability, reliability, security, and compliance of distributed IT infrastructure. Reduce the complexity of operating multiple clouds, gain effective control, and manage security and cost risks through continuous monitoring.
Pay-per-use model saves costs
Hybrid Cloud allows the user companies to pay for consumption: they can use the very cloud resources they need in their day-to-day operations wherever they are generated. Combined with various solutions’ sophisticated automation and analytics capabilities, a managed services package enables the organizations to get the most out of their hybrid cloud and significantly improve business outcomes.