In this series of ‘optimising IT’ blogs posts, we have been exploring how organisations can optimise IT through services integration.

In our first post we explored the key principles to follow when building the ideal integration model, with the second post talking about managing the services integration operation. This last post will look at our experience in optimising IT.

Optimising IT – Systal’s experience

In Systal’s experience, when executed correctly, the key principles of service integration can save up to 40% of the traditional data centre hosting costs by migrating to multi-cloud. As a result, we have seen a jump in our clients wishing to balance their applications across private/public cloud environments. Nearly all of our clients are considering a multi-cloud strategy first, before investing in their existing hosting operations.

However, further analysis of our client base and the wider industry has shown that our clients don’t want to implement everything on day one. They want to adopt multi-cloud options but implement them over many years and integrate the various options together.

There are a number of reasons for this:

  • Many clients are still unsure where they will run all their applications
  • Clients want to have a gradual migration as hardware and software approaches the end of its life, thereby maximising their existing investment in traditional IT assets and facilities.
  • They don’t want to be locked in and may change the cloud options over time to take advantage of better commercial/service options.
  • Limited application mobility and the risk of migration from existing production platforms prevents an adoption of cloud straight away.
  • Lack of skills/resources inhouse force IT departments to stay with existing platforms.

This means our focus with them has concentrated on:

  • Helping to select the cloud environment for each application based on service, cost and the security requirement.
  • Helping to find solutions, and pick the best way to integrate these environments together with an end-to-end IT architecture.
  • Being able to change the production environment for a given application/workload at any point, whether between providers or from/to inhouse solutions.
  • Avoiding vendor lock-in.
  • Providing a ‘overlay’ for the overall service to ensure that root cause analysis can be performed end-to-end regardless of the cloud, internet service and in-house solution chosen.

The right approach to optimising IT

We have shown that the right approach to optimising your IT ultimately allows applications and components to interoperate between traditional data centres and cloud. This can be done with the freedom to dynamically provision and manage applications based on business need. This would not have been possible without the end-to-end integration of services.

You can read the full published article on Optimising IT through services integration for more information.  Alternatively, If you want to know more about how we can help you optimise your IT for now and the future, get in touch with us today.