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Innovating With The Best Of The Cloud

The term “hybrid” refers to a combination of two or more different elements. When we bring the concept to the world of business information technology, the most emblematic example is the mode of computing consumption in the Cloud.

Patricio Espinosa
2016-09-27

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Diego Patricio Espinosa,
General Manager of IBM Ecuador

The term “hybrid” refers to a combination of two or more different elements. When we bring the concept to the world of business information technology, the most emblematic example is the mode of computing consumption in the Cloud.

Cloud Computing, often called simply “the Cloud”, consists in the distribution of computing resources on demand —from applications to data centres— through the internet, with a variable payment based on usage.

For several years, the computing in the Cloud is a focus topic for business leaders and technology decision makers. From the need for the leaders to find a balance between having all computer services in their facilities (private cloud) or upload part of their workload to the Cloud (public cloud), emerges a middle term called hybrid cloud that has got the best of each.

An environment of hybrid cloud is a combination of the public environments with the private ones, which operate independently and are interconnected when necessary. In this way, data that require higher security remain hosted in a private cloud, managed by the company itself, while the data and systems that require greater scalability, or who need to count with data exposed —as in the case of mobile applications, for example— can use the environment of the public cloud.

IDC predicts that more of the 80% of the organizations will adopt architectures of hybrid cloud for the year 2017. However, the extraction of real value of hybrid environments is not necessarily an easy task. In fact, many organizations still suffer from the fact of not having a well-defined hybrid strategy and are struggling to handle the growing expansion of their IT needs.

A new global study of IBM called Growing up Hybrid: Accelerating the Digital Transformation reveals that companies that have adopted hybrid environments showed a greater competitive advantage and ROI.

The study reflects that 85% of companies adopting hybrid resources are reporting cost reductions obtained by the transformation of some fixed costs into variable costs; and 82% of leaders said that they are also improving their productivity.

The most important and differentiating factor that highlights the study is the use of the hybrid cloud to allow future initiatives to enhance its digital positioning. And in this context the capacity of innovation arises from the freedom to take advantage of multiple Cloud resources and switch easily between these features when needed. With greater flexibility and more implementation options, the hybrid cloud model can lead to a lower total cost and can help organizations to deliver new capabilities to the market more quickly.

In addition, the adoption of cognitive computing, or the use of systems that learn and extract insights to leverage business decisions, is possible thanks to the use of hybrid cloud, according to the companies that participated in the study.

It is important to remember that it is the use of the Cloud what allows organizations to innovate and transform their business models. Therefore, to be based on a hybrid means that the innovation and the growth will turn into a great competitive advantage for any company in any industry.

SOME CASES OF THE REGION
Crown Holdings, global leader in consumer packaging, chose to use a hybrid technology environment to help support all the growth of the company in the Mexican market. IBM suggested a project to unify all his traditional IT infrastructure into a public and private cloud, in addition to manage and consolidate the operations of the company. Crown had a team of services that operates the entire IT infrastructure, hosting, migration and support for its ERP, enterprise applications and network support, as well as management and disaster recovery services.

Sentinel is a Peruvian company dedicated to provide online information about debt alerts and reports of individuals and businesses, and develops a project of hybrid cloud that allows them to store and process in real time their applications, databases and critical information. As they have a large volume of transactions that is complex to manage, they use a hybrid solution which includes Cloud Application Resiliency and the external cloud with which they intend to address the diverse workloads, reducing the investment in infrastructure.

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DIEGO PATRICIO ESPINOSA
Mr Espinosa is the General Manager of IBM Ecuador since August 2014. Previously he was an executive of Cloud Computing for Latin America and CFO of IBM Brazil. In his more than 20 years at IBM he held various leadership positions in the Corporation, including Operations, Planning, Pricing and Business Controls. He graduated in Sciences with specialization on Finance at Troy State University (Alabama) and obtained an MBA at Columbia University (New York). After spending 17 years abroad, he returned to Ecuador in 2014.

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