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"Hybridisation" is the process of achieving conscious hybridity in the public sector.

Here, we'll break down the importance of taking a "consciously hybrid" approach.

Outdated infrastructure, a lack of digital skills, and outmoded procurement practices all pose challenges for the public sector as it attempts to embrace cloud computing. Many people learn that they are "unconsciously hybrid," ie, constantly moving between on-premises and external clouds. If you want your digital transformation to go smoothly, you need to take the "consciously hybrid" approach to the cloud.

Scalable, reliable infrastructure is a critical building block for innovation and digital transformation, and this is true regardless of whether the scope of public sector technology expands or contracts. The UK government recognised public cloud as a crucial enabler in 2013 when it unveiled the Cloud-First Policy to encourage cloud usage and level the playing field for IT suppliers like us on Gloud 13.

One-size-fits-all solutions quickly fail

While many businesses have opted to migrate their workloads and data to public cloud, a "Cloud-First" strategy has not always been the best option. Until recently, expertise in cloud innovation was unnecessary due to the widespread use of tried-and-true systems.

As a result, there was a clear gap between intention and execution, resulting in varying levels of success. There may be a stumbling block to the widespread use of the cloud because of a serious lack of trailing-based knowledge transfer. One FOIA investigation into cloud-based efforts found that 40 per cent of organisations see a lack of internal digital capabilities as an impediment to transformation.

Issues with legacy tech

The research shows that more than 70% of a company's physical infrastructure and 73% of its data are still stored locally.

Concerns about data security in public clouds and the inadequacy of apps for the cloud usually lead to a reliance on antiquated technologies. Eighty-two per cent of government agencies have said their services aren't suited for the cloud, and thirty-two per cent of them have said they're worried about data privacy. Many firms rely on technologies that can't be moved to the cloud but are important to running the company.

Many in the IT industry believed they had to give up on antiquated infrastructure if they were to remain true to the Cloud-First Policy. The gap between the old and the new has expanded as legacy systems that are not cloud-ready have been left behind on legacy infrastructure, unable to make use of the public cloud. Many companies now use a hybrid approach, combining the more flexible operations model suited to cloud settings with the more traditional strategy based on legacy hardware. Frustration and other issues arise within the business as a result.

Improved infrastructure-wide visibility is provided via a hybrid solution that allows for centralised control of all workloads and data and consumption analytics.

"Hybridity" as a state of mind

A hybrid state should never be considered a failure. Technology experts increasingly view the public cloud as their "only" option, making hybrid and private cloud solutions seem antiquated and unnecessary. That is not the case, to put it plainly. If hybrid clouds are welcomed and used on purpose, they present an opportunity. a chance to solve data and legacy problems by putting data and workloads in the most suitable location, with the most convenient access, in the most suitable-sized environment.

Recognising that the Cloud-First Approach is not suitable for all circumstances, the government has recently revised it to "Cloud Acceptable," which changes to employing public cloud only when appropriate. We believe it is time to assess your digital transformation process without bias; taking into account all of the challenges, costs, and decisions you have made over the past decade.

A consciously hybrid approach speeds up digital transformation and makes use of cloud computing to better serve citizens. facilitating rapid growth via cloud computing, whether on-premises, at the edge, or in the public cloud, while minimising waste and maximising efficiency.

Improved infrastructure-wide visibility is provided via a hybrid solution that allows for centralised control of all workloads and data and consumption analytics. It helps in the creation of a data fabric that increases interoperability and interconnection, which in turn maximises the possible results and knowledge that would normally be isolated within departmental technology.

Organisations should place workloads in the environment best suited to them, which speeds up deployments, reduces costs, and makes it easier to apply the security measures necessary to meet compliance standards for sensitive data. By combining public cloud with private systems, businesses may take advantage of pay-as-you-go pricing to manage high-volume batch computing workloads and unexpected traffic surges without giving up any control or predictability.

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