Staying apprised of today's merry-go-round of evolving technologies can feel like taking aim at a perpetually moving target.
Retain all critical IT resources on site.
Move everything to the cloud.
Allocate IT expenses as CapEx.
Wait, earmark them as OpEx.
If your head is spinning, you're not alone.
Now there's a new approach that may help stabilize the ever-swinging technological pendulum. Increasingly, IT professionals are embracing hybrid IT, a method in which an organization manages some IT workloads on-premise while relying on cloud-based services for others. The adoption of hybrid IT is being fueled by three primary factors: a company's need to maintain control of explosive amounts of data; the escalating cost of the cloud; and the desire for IT departments to respond quickly to rapidly changing business needs.
The reality is, transferring everything to the cloud just isn't feasible; some workloads demand a level of security, compliance or uptime that most believe the cloud cannot deliver. Additionally, many organizations are struggling with the cost. Although initially proposed as an easy-to-compress, pay-as-you-go model that enabled companies to shift CapEx to OpEx, in the end the cloud has become considerably more expensive than was originally anticipated. At the same time, organizations are under increasing pressure to efficiently collect, store and utilize vast quantities of data.
So what does all of this mean for power? With so much IT infrastructure now residing locally, the need for premium power protection has never been more critical. In fact, 75 percent of organizations surveyed reporting to placing their networking workloads on premise, according to a recent Hybrid IT study by Peak 10.
At Eaton, we not only understand the changing IT landscape, but are proactively developing solutions to ensure customers have all the tools to effectively manage power in these new environments. To begin with, our extensive product lineup provides organizations with a convenient, one-stop shop for the range of devices needed to safeguard the proliferation of small edge computing end points. This includes rack enclosures, power distribution units (PDUs), rackmount and end-of-row uninterruptible power systems (UPSs), and power management software and services. With software taking on an even more important role, Eaton will soon be unveiling products that seamlessly integrate with some of the new Hybrid IT orchestration solutions to enable seamless migration of IT resources between on-premise and the cloud in case of power events.
The technological merry-go-round isn't likely to stop anytime soon, but hybrid IT can help. Regardless of how companies choose to balance their workloads, the need for power remains critical — and companies that align with vendors who stay ahead of the curve by investing in engineering and integration will be in the best position to thrive.
As an integral part of modern technology, the power category is an everchanging — and yet absolutely vital — part of your organization. In an effort to help you stay apprised of both the latest innovations and the issues most likely to impact your business and uptime, Eaton’s own vice president and general manager of the Distributed Power Quality business, Hervé Tardy, will be delving into pertinent topics in a monthly blog.