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A hybrid IT infrastructure will not only expand and improve on what your servers can do but also enhance the capabilities of your workforce. It’s the best of both worlds – helping you design, test and implement new programs and methods to improve the quality and efficiency of your work.

This is why smart Orange Country businesses are adopting a hybrid cloud model within their IT departments in order to simplify management and streamline their IT infrastructure.

Here are seven reasons why you should follow suite:

1. Greater flexibility & scalability

When operating in a hybrid IT environment, your department can quickly scale up or down according to customer or business demands. For example, you might adopt a full cloud environment or selectively choose the services that best fit your business requirements – helping you make IT infrastructure changes on the go with exceptional ease.

You can also boost your servers’ computing power in the process, with better load balancing being just one of the benefits.

2. Lower overhead costs

Capital costs associated with IT maintenance can rack up pretty quickly. In fact, other than the amount you’re paying for systems that are needed in case of an emergency, you must also hire dedicated staff to maintain the infrastructure for it. But with hybrid IT, you can cut down overhead costs by paying for only the actual volume of use.

3. Reduced downtime & secure backup options

An unprecedented situation or server maintenance can cost lots of money. In these extraordinary times, you can’t afford any downtime. A hybrid IT infrastructure gives you uninterrupted server access. Data backup and recovery is also less expensive and a lot easier.

Depending on how much you invest into the hybrid IT solution, you can also execute a zero-downtime recovery environment, ensuring there are no disruptions in your day-to-day processes.

4. Increased visibility

Your hybrid IT operating model comes with an intuitive dashboard which shows the number of public and private cloud as well as legacy IT services you’re currently using – and whether or not you’re achieving the desired savings and provisioning IT efficiently.

Many IT departments run most of their servers at just 10% capacity – they are dramatically overprovisioned! A hybrid IT model eliminates this kind of unnecessary waste.

5. Improved governance

With all your activities being managed in a hybrid IT infrastructure, your IT department will be in a more strategic position to handle regulatory compliance, security and budgetary targets. An efficient hybrid IT model, in fact, means that you will no longer have to provision shadow IT services. This helps you save costs and do away with the risk of duplication or paying for services you don’t need.

6. Better data compartmentalization

Perhaps one of the best benefits of a hybrid IT department is to be able to compartmentalize data however you want. Easily segregate the data between your public and private environments.

7. Make the shift at your own pace

You don’t have to move all your services to a hybrid infrastructure at once. You can start by moving some of your servers to the public cloud within a hybrid model which can help you assess the merits in real-time rather than with the actual workload.