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Everyone knows that a strong IT team is essential to an organization’s success. With a highly organized, secure, and flexible IT infrastructure, organizations can easily adapt to changing needs while maintaining the same data management principles. But how can you scale your organization’s internal systems without having to reconfigure existing structures? The answer may lie in the hybrid cloud.

When it comes to managing data in the cloud, developers and infrastructure and operations professionals have slightly different needs. Developers, for example, look for solutions that offer both speed and agility. They want to get access to resources quickly, use them when they need them and only pay for them while they’re using them. They also want the agility that comes from having a broad set of development tools and application components so they can focus on coding and not doing infrastructure configuration.

Meanwhile, Infrastructure and Operations professionals look for control and efficiency in the cloud. They want to use the cloud to make more efficient use of infrastructure that they have, while also allowing them to maintain the same security and corporate compliance that they have in their internal data center.

So where do organizations start on their hybrid cloud journey?

According to Dave Bartoletti, Senior Analyst at Forrester, a successful move to the hybrid cloud is about building a certain level of trust throughout your organization. Development teams need to trust that you’re going to give them access to the public cloud tools they need to work quickly and efficiently. Similarly, you need to trust that you can secure, control and apply corporate governance to your public cloud solution in the same way that you would your internal data center.

IT need not shy away from the hybrid cloud. The cloud can help boost communication and cooperation between various IT teams, while helping make everyone’s work much easier. Infrastructure and operations professionals can connect with developers to build secure applications, find the appropriate tools to use to meet corporate standards, and determine what type of infrastructure to deploy to once an application is built.

By taking advantage of the public cloud’s elastic resources, IT organizations can simply extend the reach of their existing data center resources according to business demand, instead of spending weeks or even months waiting to provision new infrastructure on-site. The hybrid cloud is a great opportunity for IT teams to concentrate on important tasks: creating dynamic applications, adding value to the business, and delivering resources faster to business units that need them.

Watch Dave Bartoletti as he further discusses the positive relationship between IT and hybrid cloud:

Earlier last week at VMworld Barcelona, we made two exciting announcements around the vCloud Hybrid Service. First, we announced new integrations between the vCloud Hybrid Service and VMware cloud management solutions, including a new plug-in that will allow IT teams to manage vCloud Hybrid Service from the same place they manage vSphere. Second, we announced the vCloud Hybrid Service Marketplace, where users can discover, download, and buy applications and virtual appliances to run on the vCloud Hybrid Service. Because that’s what hybrid cloud is all about – having access to all the tools and resources you need to make your job both easier and more efficient.

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