Microsoft Service recently gathered subject matter experts and architects actively consulting in the field to research the problem space of Hybrid IT. Hybrid IT is defined as the composition of two or more data center environments (traditional IT, private cloud, or public/host cloud) which are individually unique but are bound together to share or provide services and data. The team discovered that organizations do not set out with a goal of having a “Hybrid” environment. Rather, they are tasked with either going to the public cloud to take advantage of perceived cost reduction or they are looking to centralize services within a disconnected environment thus providing their own private cloud. Come to this session to learn about Microsoft Services strategy, experience, and best practices within this focus area and new term we call Hybrid IT.