Today’s modern businesses are more widely adopting a hybrid IT infrastructure. It has become a staple as their needs for managing IT operating systems and business applications are constantly evolving. Experts predict that by 2022, more than 90% of enterprises will rely on a hybrid cloud environment to meet their infrastructure needs.
Despite the growing acceptance of this structure, in-house IT teams face many challenges with managing hybrid environments. Let’s take a look at some of these challenges and how you can overcome them by managing your IT infrastructure under a hybrid model.
Challenge: Need to increase network control and security
One of the common threads for businesses is that they have unique network needs. A transportation equipment manufacturer, for example, might need a better way to connect multi-site locations. A hybrid SD-WAN with managed services would allow them to securely connect their remote sites to their corporate VPN. In addition, working with an MSP (managed services provider) will reduce their long-term access costs.
Challenge: Migrate to the cloud while keeping your existing PBX
Businesses are attracted to collaboration tools that allow them to unify communications, but they don’t want to forgo the investments they’ve already made in on-premise infrastructure. Further, in-house IT teams may not be well-versed in how to make these types of updates.
This problem is solved with UCx SmartVoice Hosted Unified Communications and SIP Trunking, which allows you to continue using their existing PBX hardware while they start the implementation process for advanced collaboration tools. Your MSP will worry about the integration, leaving your in-house IT teams free to focus on other priorities.
Challenge: Keeping up with cybersecurity risks
Cybersecurity risks that cause business downtime and data loss are constantly evolving, and in-house IT teams frequently lack the knowledge and time needed to ensure that their endpoint security is fully up to par.
You can supplement what they are working on by leveraging an MSP to fill in all the gaps. They have the expertise to help you fill in any security gaps so that your business has the well-rounded protection that it needs.
Challenge: Businesses are overspending on security analysts
When it comes to protecting their most important data, businesses may turn to a single security analyst in the hopes that one individual will be able to solve all their problems. Unfortunately, many will end up spending more money in the long run – especially if the analyst is ill-equipped to work with in-house IT or fails to know all of the ins and outs to fully secure your business. Instead, you can leverage managed security services like managed firewalls and managed backups for a fraction of the cost. These services provide a higher level of security than working with a single analyst, and you can cut out the need to allocate in-house IT staff unnecessarily.
Hybrid IT infrastructure allows your business to overcome these challenges and more. It also removes the barriers for in-house IT staff, so you have the best resources to take care of your company’s data.