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Hybrid cloud architecture is the buzzword in the corporate IT world as CIOs are tasked with moving their companyís complex and critical networks into a cloud delivered platform. With pre-existing systems that arenít easily changed overnight, a hybrid solution is common, in order to harmonise the two. Recommended considerations are covered in detail in this white paper (pdf download) recently published by Computacenter.† Two examples of companies that have benefitted from Computacenterís expertise are The Hut Group and Visa Europe.

The former is an online retailer heavily dependent on cloud for their web presence and to transact orders. To ensure that The Hut Group can recover swiftly from down time, Computacenter installed a Data Recovery solution from VMware while also giving them a flexible and scalable infrastructure.

Visa is a well-known company that relies on a vast transactional online connectivity across the globe and in partnership with countless retailers, naturally security is of the utmost importance when working with personnel financial records.† Visa Europe is using Computacenterís Next Generation Service Desk, encouraging users to embrace digital channels and self-serve options. The process is very much a hybrid one, with a gradual and carefully planned move that doesnít disrupt user familiarity.

Companies are finding that legacy systems might suit their present needs but planning to implement new technologies sometimes spans three or four years, meaning decisions need to be made now and they need to be made carefully, assessing the needs of the company and most importantly the personnel involved in utilising an IT delivery platform.

Self service provisioning is increasingly being used, where staff are able to set up and customise their cloud experience themselves, thanks to a forward thinking strategy by the IT department to employ software defined hybrid cloud capabilities that let the end user define the most practical way to access data and interact online.

Computacenter has assembled a team of experts who have been helping enterprise customers integrate hybrid cloud architecture to suit their own unique situation, using best practices and a six step procedure to analyse and implement a moderated move into the cloud space, or an upgrade of existing structure.

ďFirstly, itís important to point out that some companies donít need to transform in this way because they were born in this agile world of IT,Ē says Paul Casey, Chief Technologist for Cloud Automation and Compute. ďBut of those who have, Iíd say the media industry is a lot further down the line in its adoption of software defined and cloud. As an example, although one of our media customers still operates its legacy systems, the company is looking at the next 3-4 years of requirements and building cloud services for the future. It is already using a cloud-based data storage system.Ē

Computacenter ensures that the right solution is employed in each unique circumstance, minimising Shadow IT and the tendency for new SDN solutions to be ignored by the consumers it is supposed to be helping. By planning a hybrid system to bridge the move they can retain the intimacy while moving towards great efficiency, at the correct pace of change.
Find out more on how Computacenter can help you successfully migrate to cloud SDN here.

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