• Hybrid IT: How to Cultivate the Best IT Enterprise Possible

    By January 21st, 2016

Since childhood, we’ve all heard the adage, “An apple a day ...”

My problem was apples were only OK and eating them was a chore.

Fortunately, Australian John Cripps, a personal hero of mine, was already a few steps -- or bites -- ahead of me. In 1973, he cultivated the Cripps Pink apple, crossing a Lady Williams, known for its long shelf life, with a Golden Delicious, known for its resistance to storage scald. And voila, an apple I finally liked! The Pink Lady, as the apple is known in the United States., doesn’t get mushy or mealy even after weeks in the fridge.

And who could forget Dominique Ansel’s gift to the world, the Cronut, a pastry pairing the finest characteristics of donuts and croissants?

The point? Combining the best characteristics of different products is genius.

This brings us to hybrid IT, the combination of cloud-based and on-premises solutions which creates technology with the most desirable characteristics of both.

Hybrid IT can combine so many things: storage, backup, compute power, automated testing, remote access, and so much more. Enterprises can pick and choose what to hybridize. For example, during a product or event launch, significantly more web processing is required but only for a short time. (See Ticketmaster sales for Adele’s next tour and Healthcare.gov site launch.) A robust hybrid IT strategy could have mitigated these high profile failures.

“Renting” additional compute processing power by spinning up additional cloud-based servers in addition to their existing allotment might have helped Ticketmaster. Adding compute power can be a matter of a few simple clicks or, even better, can be triggered by an automated script taking the manual monitoring, evaluation, provisioning and deployment out of your busy day. Removing compute power is just as easy once the trigger threshold has passed. Of course, Adele fans would have still been angry because 10 million people can’t fit into 440,000 concert seats. But at least they wouldn’t have spent hours trying to access ticketmaster.com only to find that seats sold out in the first two minutes (!!!).

Healthcare.gov might have benefited from a robust testing (functional and system). Using a hybrid IT strategy would have allowed for on-premises load testing prior to the official go-live date. Local (on-premises) user acceptance testing would have revealed the inability to search for information without trying to enroll. Hybrid IT takes the best of both worlds as it supports a project or system implementation. It could be on-premises testing in one scenario or it could be cloud based testing in another. Hybrid helps remove restrictions and constraints.

Hybrid makes enterprise IT more personal, better fit specifically to your mission needs. Gone are the days when you’d have to spend weeks doing calculations on expected need and annual growth. By becoming more personalized, hybrid IT becomes more logical. Why buy something you may or may not need, when on-demand IT is clearly available for your enterprise?

Just like a Pink Lady, hybrid IT provides the best characteristics of two models. It's IT, just as you want it.

About the Author CJ Johnson, Servicefront Solutions Architect

CJ Johnson is a senior solutions architect at NJVC and is leading NJVC's efforts to reinvent enterprise IT. She has solved IT challenges for the federal government across three continents and in four languages for more than 20 years. She is an ardent hockey fan (and is known to live stream games at 0230).