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The impact of hybrid IT on accelerating application releases

Hybrid IT, now the new normal in enterprises, is driven by the combination of devops practices that demand elastic infrastructure, and business users who don’t care where services are sourced from, as long as they are instantly and easily fulfilled. While accelerating application release velocity precipitates hybrid IT, the reverse can be true as well.

IT operations teams, tasked with managing the hybrid IT environment, face two paths: remain curators of a legacy estate, or modernize methods to support the need for speed of developers and business users. Those who take the second path are investing in automation to achieve accelerated application delivery at the speed of devops.

What is changing to accelerate application releases?

Devops, while biased towards developers, is also propelling improvements for operations. The obvious example is application release automation (ARA). In a hybrid environment, the benefits of ARA can extend not only to the public cloud environment, but the traditional environment as well.

There are serious concerns to address, though. The operations team is appropriately cautious and apprehensive of risking outages or poor performance when control is placed in the hands of developers using self-service to automate releases. When IT service performance or availability take a hit in the cloud, IT operations is at arm’s length in terms of the blame. Not so with critical enterprise applications, especially those that support revenue generation or production that run in the corporate data center.

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