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Bi-Modal IT As The Vehicle For Your Company’s Safe Migration To The Hybrid Cloud

by Marc Winger

Are you worried about your company’s safe migration to the hybrid cloud? Although you want the speed and technological agility that the hybrid cloud can offer, you are worried about abandoning the legacy systems that have worked so well for so long. Zephyr Networks understands this worry, and we have embraced a bi-modal IT strategy to address it. Our goal is to ensure the safety of your company’s IT transition, and we have seen that bi-modal IT often can be the solution to the problem.

What Is Bi-Modal IT?


The Future Is Bi-Modal IT Transitions

According to Gartner, the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company and the probable originator of the term, Bi-Modal IT is “the practice of managing two separate, coherent modes of IT delivery; one focused on stability and the other on agility. Mode 1 is traditional and sequential, emphasizing safety and accuracy. Mode 2 is exploratory and nonlinear, emphasizing agility and speed.”

While Hybrid IT refers to the fusing of public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises infrastructure, Bimodal IT is about simultaneous management of IT at the above dual speeds. Bi-modal allows for the transition to take place at a pace that makes sense for your company. With bi-modal IT transitions to the hybrid cloud, Zephyr Networks tailors a specific step package of services to ensure success. While the traditional mode emphasizes scalability, safety and accuracy, the newer mode emphasizes agility and speed.

Bi-Modal IT Is The Transition

The old legacy systems remain tasked with the keep-the-lights-on functions of your company like day-to-day operations with systems of record. In contrast, the new hybrid cloud capabilities are directed towards the more innovative tasks while supporting next-generation applications and services around systems of innovation within the hybrid cloud, highlighting mobile capabilities. In a Computerworld article, Gartner’s Peter Sondergaard, Gartner’s global head of research, said, “We predict that 75% of IT organizations will be bimodal in some way by 2017.”

With the bi-modal approach, Zephyr Networks can plan a hybrid cloud migration path that works for your company. With the bi-modal IT approach, both traditional IT systems and the newer cloud-based services can be managed together. Bimodal IT helps to make the development of horizontal applications data management possible by engendering common transactions across multiple systems. In other words, you get the best of both worlds at the beginning while your company is preparing to the eventual full transition to the newer technological capabilities.

Questions About The Bi-Modal IT Transition

When it comes to making the bi-modal IT transition, the technology experts at Zephyr Networks ask several key questions like:

  • How can we keep the best of what a company has, extending its value into the new era of modern technologies?
  • How can we translate a company’s legacy data and applications into the modern systems of the digital economy?
  • How can we avoid business interruptions and make sure the transition works efficiently for employer and employees?

Achieving Bimodal IT Success

Success with bimodal IT has a lot to do with taking the right approach. Lydia Leong of Gartner points out that organizations with bimodal IT are most successful when they do not have a universal set of processes, tools, and skills. Rather than focusing on a totality, Zephyr Networks helps your company foster a flexible system that allows for a smooth transition to hybrid cloud capabilities.

Totalities are foolish because your company needs to assume that any technology systems and interfaces that will be built will need to be replaced within a foreseeable time frame. There is no such thing as a permanent application or operating system in this day and age. Everything thing, from a technology standpoint, is subject to change.

Zephyr Networks Can Help

Although adopting a bimodal architecture has its challenges, Zephyr Networks has the experience and technological expertise that your company needs to make this transition. After all, if you want to keep pace in your industry, you need to make the transition to the hybrid cloud as quickly as possible. To learn more, please contact Zephyr Networks by calling (800) 884-7559 today.