Financial investors perform a fascinating, yet delicate dance.\n\nConsider assets such as stocks. To weather volatile stock markets, investors rebalance their portfolios often, dumping some stocks while picking up others based on trends. Professional investors factor in certain financial targets and risk tolerance as they pursue maximum ROI.\n\nIT leaders can relate to this dance.\n\nJust as investors play financial markets, IT leaders navigate technology trends. Like investors, they seek optimal outcomes while minimizing risks. And like their financial counterparts, IT leaders must also regularly rebalance their portfolios. This includes migrating to different tools, based on changing requirements such as performance, latency, resiliency, and security, as well as cost efficiency.\n\nThis has never been truer than in the digital era, where IT leaders consume a variety of on-premises and cloud technologies as they continually modernize their businesses.\n\nThe rebalancing act\n\nWith applications requirements changing as business needs evolve, IT leaders are reassessing the value they are getting from their solutions, including the best locations in which to run their application workloads. And they are rebalancing their workloads.\n\nFifty-three percent of IT decision makers said they were moving workloads out of public clouds to other locations, compared to 45% of respondents who are moving from datacenters, 40% from colos, and 34% from edge environments, according to an internal Dell survey1.\n\nTheir thinking: Distributing workloads across multiple IT estates, such as on-premises systems, public and private clouds, colos and edge networks, affords them the best opportunity to achieve competitive advantages.\n\nOther micro-trends are emerging. Private clouds are enjoying something of a resurgence. Once viewed with skepticism by IT practitioners who have experienced failures due to mismatched or aging infrastructure, poor governance and escalating costs, the private cloud is getting love from the CIO cohort.\n\nWhile interviewing 22 CIOs, Constellation Research analyst Dion Hinchcliffe learned that CIOs who incorporated private clouds found them 65% more performant, 50% less expensive, and twice as agile for application development and DevOps cycles compared to similar workloads running in public clouds2.\n\nIt\u2019s a small sample size, but the results underscore the broader rebalancing act that CIOs are undertaking as they seek the balance between optimal performance, security, and cost efficiency.\n\n\u201cPrivate cloud today in fact is often as sleek and contemporary as public cloud from a technology and run-time perspective,\u201d Hinchcliffe wrote in a recent blog post calling out his research. \u201cAnd it turns out that in particular use cases, it can genuinely shine.\u201d\n\nThe public cloud as master instructor\n\nNo surprise there.\n\nWith nearly 20 years of technical groundwork laid by hyperscalers, the public cloud has been an invaluable instructor for IT organizations, which leverage its best practices and blueprints to build world-class modern infrastructure.\n\nTake, for example, application portability. No longer are public cloud purveyors the sole consumers of containerized applications. Most enterprise IT departments are familiar with Kubernetes and other tools that help orchestrate and manage containers.\n\nAnd they\u2019re deploying these tools in private clouds and other environments to gain portability, performance, security, compliance, and other benefits that are essential for meeting go-to-market goals.\n\nPretty much any class of functionality created in a public cloud has been or can be replicated on-premises in private clouds through software-defined infrastructure and automation.\n\nCloud rebalancing or optimization? It\u2019s both.\n\nNote that Hinchcliffe framed the architectural decision between public and private cloud as a \u201crebalancing.\u201d This is fair and appropriate.\n\nRebalancing is broader than cloud optimization, which industry experts have been using to describe how they are reallocating workloads to achieve a more optimal IT estate, while helping them spend down.\n\nRegardless of which phrase you prefer\u2014cloud rebalancing or optimization\u2014gauging the proper placement for your workloads remains critical. It can mean the difference between hemorrhaging money for running applications in the wrong location, performance degradation, or even an inadequate security profile that leaves you open to liabilities.\n\nIf you do decide to rebalance your IT portfolios, be sure to reinvest in a multicloud architecture designed to run workloads in public and private clouds, on-premises systems, colos and edge networks. In that vein, a multicloud-by-design strategy is the best bet for your technology portfolio.\n\nOur Dell APEX suite of solutions facilitates the multicloud-by-design strategy that can help IT organizations enjoy consistency, agility, and control while achieving desired business outcomes\u2014without the constraints associated with siloed ecosystems and proprietary tools.\n\nAlso, Dell APEX provides more deployment flexibility while reducing operational friction through common orchestration, automation, governance, and security for traditional workloads, as well as cloud-native and edge-native workloads that drive new digital business initiatives.\n\nWhether you\u2019re optimizing or rebalancing your portfolio, don your financial investor hat and ask yourself: How and where are you going to invest your dollars?\n\nLearn more about how Dell APEX can help you apply a multicloud-by-design approach to your IT strategy.