The Best of Both Worlds: Using a Hybrid Approach to Boost SMB IT Agility

  • ID: 4036481
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 11 Pages
  • Aberdeen Group
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When a small to midsized business needs to build or upgrade their IT infrastructure, the biggest choice that these organizations face is whether to build their infrastructure on-premise or to go with the public cloud. But this research shows that the best choice is to do both.  

By taking a hybrid IT approach, SMBs can leverage the ease of management, faster access, and increased security that comes with on-premise, while taking advantage of the increased agility, reduced costs, and better flexibility that the cloud offers.

Key highlights:

  • The number one concern for SMBs when updating their IT infrastructure is security, data privacy, and regulatory compliance.
  • The number two concern centers on the issue of getting all aspects of their IT infrastructure to scale effectively and seamlessly work together.
  • 42% of SMBs list ongoing cost as a key criteria when evaluating cloud-based systems.
  • SMBs with a hybrid IT approach are 6.3x more likely to see improved application performance.
  • SMBs with a hybrid IT approach are twice as likely to have an improved ability to increase capacity.
  • A hybrid approach pays off by making it much more likely that these businesses will see a reduction in their overall IT expenditure costs.
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  • Top IT Infrastructure Challenges for SMBs
  • Top SMB Criteria for Cloud Technologies
  • Hybrid Approach Gives SMBs IT Agility
  • SMBs Win with a Hybrid Cloud/On-premise Approach
  • Key Takeaways
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