To the laymen outside of the tech industry, the terms hybrid cloud and hybrid IT remain synonymous. However, there are major differences between them.

A hybrid cloud, for example, typically refers to orchestrating services across public clouds and on-premises data centers. Hybrid IT, on the other hand, is a combination of on-premises IT assets with public and private cloud environments, representing a workload-centric approach to managing drivers IT assets across the enterprise.

That heavy definition comes from Jason Bloomberg, the founder and president of digital transformation analyst firm Intellyx. A simpler explanation is that hybrid IT is an enterprise computing model in which the organization provides some resources through traditional in-house IT systems while also relying on some combination of cloud computing services for other resources. The entirety of hybrid IT encompasses people, processes and technology.

In a manufacturing scenario, data from IoT sensors monitoring the performance of machines on the factory floor can be ingested using an edge computing infrastructure. Data analytics is first performed locally; then the data is transferred to a data lake in a cloud environment where advanced analytics, AI and machine learning are applied to larger data sets to gain critical insights.

Building a hybrid IT environment poses a number of challenges. If you are interested in a hybrid cloud solution, give us a call today. 2W Tech is a full -service IT Consulting firm that specializes in Microsoft Azure cloud solutions. We are a Microsoft Gold Partner and can help your organization access if a hybrid cloud solution is the right fit for your organization.

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