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The New IT Prototype: Hybrid IT

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There is a dramatic shift underway in federal IT on a scale that is rarely seen more than once every decade or so. Computing environments are evolving from traditional on-premises-only to hybrid strategies that migrate some infrastructure to the cloud, while keeping some critical systems onsite.

According to SolarWinds’ IT Trends Report 2016: The Hybrid IT Evolution, which includes a survey of government IT professionals, hybrid IT will continue to be the norm for the foreseeable future.

What does this mean for federal IT pros? Should we anticipate a re-invention of sorts?

At a conceptual level, it means understanding a new normal and how best to operate within this hybrid environment. On a practical level, it means learning how to align current skill sets with new requirements and, just as important, integrating new expertise, such as hybrid IT monitoring and management, data analytics, automation, and cloud application migration with existing skill sets.

Understanding the New Normal

A hybrid IT environment—the new normal—can be complex. Unlike legacy environments that were relatively homogeneous, hybrid IT environments are inherently heterogeneous.

In a hybrid IT environment, different systems and applications exist in different locations. For example, according to the report, 70 percent of respondents say they have migrated applications to the cloud. In addition, 55 percent say they have migrated storage and 36 percent have migrated databases to the cloud.

Here’s where the challenge lies for today’s federal IT pros. What is the best way to manage hybrid IT?

The key to successful management is maximum visibility. Having a single point of truth across platforms—on-premises and cloud—is essential. Specifically, consider implementing a centralized dashboard to remediate, troubleshoot, and optimize all of your environments.

Skill Sets Required for the New IT Prototype

Of course, understanding the hybrid IT environment—and having a conceptual management strategy—is only half the equation. Managing a hybrid IT infrastructure requires new skills in addition to those needed to manage on-premises infrastructures.

Your team will need to learn service-oriented architectures, automation, vendor management, application migration, distributed architectures, API and hybrid IT monitoring, and more. In fact, the team’s skill set will be the driving force behind the success of your implementation.

What kinds of skills will bring the most value to a hybrid environment? According to the report, these are the required skills:


Also, hybrid IT often involves working with multiple service providers in different geographic locations. IT pros will need to become accustomed to working with various providers handling different tasks. In fact, it may become necessary to know how to negotiate contracts, understand budget management and service level agreements, manage workflows and deadlines, and dissect contract terms and conditions.


Hybrid IT environments may take federal IT pros outside of their comfort zones. The key to success is commitment: commit to embracing the new environment and commit to learning and honing new skills. Understanding the environment and bringing in the right skill sets and tools will be the key to maximizing the benefits of this new computing reality.

Find the full article on our partner DLT’s website.

Level 16

Great article

Level 19

The hard part is trusting the systems... I know we're trying to get more Federal approved ways to do this.  Many of my networks will never run on the public "cloud" but we do have some non classified workloads which may be suitable for running in Fed certified public cloud.

Level 15

As with all areas of IT this is just part of a cycle - put all the horsepower here, oh, oh, we could put some over there, nope bring it back in here, oh, maybe over there.

Level 13

Nice article.....
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Level 18

Hybrid IT takes many people out of their comfort zones even in the public and private sector.

Level 21

I'd be OK with some super nerds and security geeks creating a convention for The Cloud and also for a hybrid Cloud solution.  And after great analysis & RFC's, everyone signs off on in and implements it in ways that leverage synergy and cool intuitive efficiencies.

Instead of the tail wagging the dog, and the users wanting something they know nothing about--other than they've heard it's new.  And new is always better/faster/more secure/less-expensive, right?

Level 14

Same here for public cloud - gotta be govcloud for most things here

Level 16

Hybrid IT is the cro magnan of the IT evolution. IT is getting closer. The next phase is Cloud, and then the final is... who knows? The "Nebula"?

Level 21

After the cloud, true wet-ware computing is supposedly on the horizon.  Many futurists are saying that within twenty years there will be implants within our bodies that leverage brain-to-network transmissions of data, either wired or wireless.

If anyone wants to talk about electronic versus real viruses, that'll be the forum for it.

For my money, all I'll say is "What a headache!"



Ransomeware will have its new variants then.  "Pay me X bitcoins (or memories?  passwords?  dreams?) or else I'll shut down your (breathing, heart, thinking, left arm, etc.)."

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Level 13

Hybrid IT is a little too far along the buzzword bingo scale for me. Those that work in IT will just adapt to what is available, then some marketing professional comes along and gives it a name.

Level 18

So not only will we have to get inoculations for disease, patching is the equivalent for the software side...

Just think you go in for a flu shot and a malware patch at the same arm may hurt for a few days and you'll feel not well, what will the software patch do ?

headache ?  bodyache ?  how about when that hardware is no longer supported ?  It is painful enough upgrading phones these days...

Level 15

Just imagine how embarrassing it will be to blue screen in public.

Level 18

dang, what happens when you fall down without protection and your screen shatters...

About the Author
Joseph is a software executive with a track record of successfully running strategic and execution-focused organizations with multi-million dollar budgets and globally distributed teams. He has demonstrated the ability to bring together disparate organizations through his leadership, vision and technical expertise to deliver on common business objectives. As an expert in process and technology standards and various industry verticals, Joseph brings a unique 360-degree perspective to help the business create successful strategies and connect the “Big Picture” to execution. Currently, Joseph services as the EVP, Engineering and Global CTO for SolarWinds and is responsible for the technology strategy, direction and execution for SolarWinds products and systems. Working directly for the CEO and partnering across the executive staff in product strategy, marketing and sales, he and his team is tasked to provide overall technology strategy, product architecture, platform advancement and engineering execution for Core IT, Cloud and MSP business units. Joseph is also responsible for leading the internal business application and information technology activities to ensure that all SolarWinds functions, such as HR, Marketing, Finance, Sales, Product, Support, Renewals, etc. are aligned from a systems perspective; and that we use the company's products to continuously improve their functionality and performance, which ensures success and expansion for both SolarWinds and customers.