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Real World Experiences of Hybrid IT

Level 9

Over the coming weeks, I will be writing a series of posts on my varied experiences with hybrid IT. These experiences come from working on countless projects over the last ten years working in a consultancy role.

So, let’s start with a bit of background on me. I’m Jason Benedicic, an independent consultant based in Cambridge, U.K. I have been working in IT for the last twenty years, and of that, the last 10 have been in professional services consultancy across the U.K. My background is traditionally in infrastructure, covering all areas of on-premises solutions such as virtualisation, storage, networking, and backup.

A large part of this time has been spent working on Converged Infrastructure systems such as FlexPod. As the industry has changed and evolved, I have moved into additional skillsets, focusing on automation and infrastructure as code, more recently working in cloud native technologies and DevOps/CICD.

What is Hybrid IT?

The term hybrid IT isn’t exactly new. It has been used in various ways since the early days of public cloud. However, the messaging often changes, and the importance or even relevance of this operating model is regularly put into question.

For me it boils down to a simple proposition. Hybrid IT is all about using the right tools in the right locations to deliver the best business outcome, making use of cloud-native technologies where they fit the business requirements and cost models, and maintaining legacy applications across your existing estate.

Not all applications can be modernised in the required timeframes. Not every application will be suited to cloud. Hybrid IT focuses on flexibility and creating a consistent delivery across all platforms.

What will I be covering?

The series of posts will build on the above concepts and highlight my experiences in each of several areas.

Public Cloud Experiences, Costs, and Reasons for using Hybrid IT

This post will focus on my experiences in deploying services into public clouds, ranging from lift-and-shift type migrations to deploying cloud-native services like functions. I will look at where you make cost decisions and how you can assess what the long-term impact can be to your business.

Building Better On-Premises Data Centres for Hybrid IT

Here I will look at the way we can adopt cloud-like practices on-premises by modernising existing data centre solutions, refining process, and using automation. I will look at the various technologies I have used over the recent years, what the major vendors are doing in this space, and ways you can get the most from your on-premises infrastructure by providing a consistent consumption model for your business.

Location and Regulatory Restrictions Driving Hybrid IT

Constant change throughout the industry, governments, and regulating bodies require us to constantly evaluate how we deploy solutions and where we deploy them. I will look at recent changes such as GDPR and how uncertainties surrounding political events such as the U.K.’s exit from the European Union affect decisions. I will also cover how building a hybrid approach can ease the burden of these external factors on your business.

Choosing the Right Location for your Workload in a Hybrid and Multi-Cloud World

This post will look at how I help customers to assess and architect solutions across the wide landscape of options, including determining how best to use public cloud resources, looking at what use cases suit short-lived cloud services such as Development/Testing, and when to bring a solution back on-premises.

DevOps Tooling and CI/CD in a Hybrid and Multi-Cloud World

My final post will focus on my recent journey in making more use of DevOps tooling and Continuous Integration/Deployment pipelines. I will discuss the tools I have been using and experiences with deploying the multiple life-cycle stages of software into multiple locations.

I hope that you will find this series helpful and enjoy reading through my journey.

12 Comments
Level 13

Thanks - looking forward to the series.

Level 14

Thanks!  I am really looking forward to this.  It's wildly discussed in our industry these days.  The more info the better. 

Level 13

Sounds like an interesting series.  Looking forward to it.  Thanks!

Thank you for creating this series and sharing it.  I'm particularly interested in cases where the cloud has not proven to be cost effective or satisfying users and businesses needs--where I.T. has pulled some (or all?) cloud-based items back to local data centers, and the rationale for doing so.

Level 14

Looking forward to seeing these...

It's a topic that hits home....

Thank you for taking the time to do this!

Level 9

Thanks for the feedback, appreciate the kind words. This is one that I've enjoyed working on so far and I'm excited about the rest of the series.

MVP
MVP

Nice one

Level 14

Should be interesting.  I look forward with interest having recently moved from a Hybrid IT Public Sector solution to a Hybrid IT Private Sector solution here in the UK. 

Level 13

Nice

Level 20

Until we get good dark fiber to some of the POP's we're kinda stuck.

MVP
MVP

My last place went to hybrid Office 365. I don't get it. I imagine that they had things configured poorly, but they had Exchange servers on site and in the cloud. Certain things had to be done on site other things had to be done in the cloud. Everything was much more complex and many times things had to be done in one place then "pushed" to the other place and you had to wait for several minutes to verify that it was successful. I was told that the reason for hybrid was redundancy and reliability - but I was also told that without the cloud servers i.e. the internet was down, exchange would only work from internal users to internal users. Seems like a high price to pay to have a "hybrid" configuration.

Level 11

Just saw your Part 6 post come up, but thought I should go to the start.  Thanks for posting!  Looks interesting as we are focusing more on Hybrid for most of our clients.