Health IT managers seek new tools to manage hybrid clouds

While managing them can be challenging, the ability to provision and support multiple clouds enables healthcare organizations to take advantage of the latest innovations while reducing an array of business risks.

Jeff Rowe | Jan 10, 2018 12:00 am

A transformational shift to cloud computing has changed the way enterprises, including healthcare organizations, consume IT services, and that, in turn, is driving the rapid evolution of hybrid cloud. 

That’s according to Bill Kleyman, Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm, who notes in a recent commentary at DataCenterFrontier, that  “hybrid cloud has come out on top as a flexible solution capable of impacting numerous different types of use cases.”

 As he sees it, many organizations are pulling back from traditional public cloud solutions, and hybrid and multi-cloud architectures are paving the way for the next level of business and IT distribution.

And he’s got the numbers to back that claim up, pointing to a 2017 Gartner study which predicted that by 2020, 90 percent of organizations will adopt hybrid infrastructure management capabilities.

“As the demand for agility and flexibility grows, organizations will shift toward more industrialized, less-tailored options,” said DD Mishra, research director at Gartner. 

“Organizations that adopt hybrid infrastructure will optimize costs and increase efficiency. However, it increases the complexity of selecting the right toolset to deliver end-to-end services in a multi-sourced environment.”

As Kleyman sees the changes ahead, “enterprise CTOs and CIOs are challenged with finding one solution that works today and is flexible enough to deliver value well into the future.”

That “one solution,” he says, is hybrid. “With all the critical attributes in place, the right service architecture will prove its mettle by impacting business outcomes in positive measurable ways. Migrations will be simpler. Transaction times will shrink. Your data will be more secure. Your clouds will be elastic, your IT teams agile. Customers will be happier and support costs will go down.”

In his view, it’s pretty simple, “but many companies have not realized that they could easily improve the performance of their hybrid solutions by up to 55 percent, while actually paying less, just by leveraging the right network solution.”