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August 2013, Volume 2, Number 8

Hybrid cloud management marked with familiar challenges

Although industry observers see that hybrid cloud is in IT's future, it doesn't mean it's a perfect solution. The hybrid model fixes some problematic aspects of cloud computing, but it also comes with a set of challenges, some new and some already familiar, for IT operations professionals to contend with. A move to hybrid cloud may not be as radical as moving entirely out of the corporate data center, but it can still mean significant changes for the IT team and end users. "IT's dominance of a specific knowledge area (IT) has been eroding, and now that dominance is limited to highly specialized skills and expertise that often get outsourced to third-party suppliers and [are] easily accessible to the enterprise's business practitioners, as well as IT practitioners," according to a 2012 Gartner report on Hybrid IT. "The role of IT, once 'Dr. No,' has changed to one of enabler, collaborator and orchestrator, particularly in the innovation arena." At the same time, however, the more things change, the more they stay the same. Hybrid...

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