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The landscape of the IT enterprise is changing faster than ever. Not since the days when client/server computing shattered the walls of the glass house has IT faced so many new options for infrastructure. There seem to be no boundaries, with enterprises uploading and downloading data anywhere – from campus to campus, from stores to headquarters, even from offshore oil rigs to onshore data centers. Nor is it just data.

The result of this dispersion is a highly challenging infrastructure matrix, one that requires IT to maintain a harrowing balance. CIOs must offer flexibility to the lines of business, which need a network that makes the most sense for their business processes. But at the same time, CIOs must oversee infrastructure strategy and ensure the security, availability and reliability of the network. In search of this goal, enterprises are increasingly going hybrid – creating an infrastructure that aggregates both internal data centers and external cloud-based data sources.

The key question for IT then becomes: How can it optimize this hybrid infrastructure to achieve business goals without straining IT resources?

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