According to Ed Anderson, research vice president at Gartner, the foundation for staying relevant in this fast-paced world is a cloud-first strategy. However, the cloud is not a one-size-fits-all approach. The challenge is in determining what cloud technologies are the best fit for your organization and unique applications.

For IT decision makers, choosing the right mix of cloud infrastructures requires an understanding of the different types of scenarios possible, and selecting the right partner to cloud-enable the business. Have a look at what we mean through this lawn-care analogy:

As a homeowner, you know there are a variety of “to-do’s” necessary to keep your home well maintained. One of these is keeping a healthy, green, weed-free lawn. To properly care for your lawn you buy the necessary tools, like a lawnmower and weed whacker. Every week or so you cut and care for the lawn. If something breaks down, you replace or repair it.

This is like a traditional infrastructure model, where you own the infrastructure and you do all the work to manage and maintain it.

As time passes and your children get older, lawn care becomes the responsibility of your son or daughter. You pay to get the job done as part of an allowance. Your child regularly uses your lawnmower and weed whacker to do the job. If the lawnmower or weed whacker breaks, it’s your responsibility to fix it, but you continue to let your child handle the lawn care.

This is how managed services work – you own the environment and pay someone else to manage it for you using your tools.

Your children go off to college, and you’re older and tired of the headache of maintaining your lawn and the equipment. So you hire a landscaping service to come and cut the grass every week, using their own equipment, and you pay them each time they do it.

This is like the cloud model – private or public. You don’t own any of the infrastructure and do not have to do any of the work. But you know when you look out the window that the lawn is cut and looks great.

But, guess what… the landscaping company you hired doesn’t offer weed control. You find a different company that specializes in eliminating weeds. They come at different times to provide an application to make sure your lawn is weed-free. You understand that one size does not fit all, and because the landscaping company you hired is not the best at weed control, you need someone else to handle the task.

This is like a hybrid cloud. You’re dealing with more than one vendor and getting everything done in a best-practice scenario. You’ve found the right place to look after each item you needed handled for your home’s lawn care.

Long View’s Role: The Property Manager

Finding the right service providers can be difficult. What’s even more challenging is managing all the pieces in a hybrid environment. At Long View, we know who the best guys are at “cutting lawns,” in “weed control,” and even in “snow removal.” Our role is akin to a property manager; we help you manage all the moving parts to ensure your cloud infrastructure is done in a best-practice scenario for your organization and unique business applications.

If you would like to learn more about how to cloud-enable your business with the right mix of cloud infrastructure, read our eBook: Why the Public Cloud is Not Enough: Maximizing Your Cloud Investment with a Hybrid Solution.

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