The amount of options available can be daunting no matter what the investment, be it a car, a home, or even clothes. Technology is no different. The days of one option for storage and two options for operating systems are over. Today, we are inundated with choices, and it’s great. One choice for cloud computing that has been right for so many businesses is the hybrid cloud.
Today’s enterprise has no borders. The pace of business continues to accelerate, thanks in part to a mobile workforce and constantly connected customers. Competition is getting more intense. Providing a product or service immediately, effectively and efficiently is now a requirement, not an aspiration.
Most organizations recognize the business benefits that the cloud is capable of delivering. A reduction in costs related to purchasing and maintaining IT infrastructure typically tops the list. Organizations can scale services and capacity up or down as needed to improve operational efficiency instead of overprovisioning to account for peak times.
If you’re an IT manager, IT architect, or CIO and still have questions about welcoming the cloud into your business, understand that nearly all organizations that have chosen to adopt the cloud have seen increases in production, operational savings, and customer satisfaction. If you’re trying to cut back on capital expenditures, then you’ll be happy to know that the cloud is scalable in cost—meaning you only pay for what you use. Most businesses utilize a hybrid cloud system, meaning open access to information, products and services for your customers through a public cloud and a private cloud which delivers enhanced security for more critical data like applications and development tools for onsite and offsite employees. Other benefits of the hybrid cloud include:
As businesses grow, so does their amount of digital data and information, often at an exponential rate. The cloud computing model you signed up for in 2011, or maybe even in 2013, might not be able to support the increasing demands you face today. With 82% of companies reportedly saving money by utilizing some sort of cloud structure, what happens to the data, and the savings, as needs surge? A more robust environment ensures that your systems can handle new data storage demands.
Before we make any type of investment, we usually analyze the options available. Whether you’re investing in a mutual fund, car, or real estate, you go through a diligent review process before opening your wallet. The same thing goes for IT investments. It is important to understand the options, match the option’s features and benefits to your needs, and then make the investment.
A great example of an IT investment, the cloud acts as a resource for data storage and an opportunity for greater collaboration. Recently, a CIO study found that 88 percent of cloud users experienced cost savings, and 56 percent claimed that cloud services have positively impacted profits. While most clients know about cloud computing, they don’t know about the options within it. Here are the major types of cloud computing.
It’s hard to know what everyone on your network is accomplishing or what apps they are using. It’s even harder when your teams are remote or spread across multiple offices. Doesn’t that make you wonder what your teams are doing?
When the workforce started bringing their own mobile devices to check corporate emails and documents, a new variety of security issues popped up, like lost/stolen hardware, data breaches, and unsecure file sharing. Similarly, Shadow IT is when users bring their own applications into the network, which can come with additional compliance and security threats.
When IT departments choose software for the business entity, it has been tested for safety and deemed meaningful to business goals. Applications outside those parameters should not be on company hardware. If you think your team would never use unapproved applications, we hate to say it, but they probably are. According to a Frost & Sullivan report, 81% of line-of-business workers and 83% of IT staff admitted to using unapproved SaaS apps.
Application environments are growing. According to a recent report, one in five organizations is managing between 200 and 500 applications. Because many of these applications are vital to business success, organizations are looking for ways to leverage the cloud and mobility for application delivery, and better manage and support the application lifecycle.
Growing application environments and increased reliance upon mission-critical business applications have made application performance critical to achieving business results. High application performance improves productivity, efficiency and the quality of the user experience. However, the complexity of modern applications makes it difficult to deliver and maintain high performance levels.
Industry experts are calling 2014 the year that flash storage entered the mainstream. Increasingly, organizations are deploying all-flash arrays and hybrid disk/flash solutions to take advantage of the performance benefits of solid-state disks (SSDs). Unlike spinning disks, SSDs deliver virtually instantaneous data access — 250 times faster than hard disk drives (HDDs). As a result, flash enables organizations to speed up mission-critical applications and derive greater value from stored data while reducing data center space and power capacity requirements by more than 75 percent.
As demand for flash storage has increased, more and more vendors have come to market with flash-based products. It can be tough to sort through the hype and select the right flash solution for your organization.
A recent report from MarketsandMarkets estimates that the global market for Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), the cloud-based disaster recovery model in which a third party provides failover, will grow 55 percent annually through 2018. More and more organizations are recognizing the importance of seamless business continuity and the severe impact of downtime while looking to minimize IT infrastructure costs.
One major reason for the emergence of DRaaS is the cost and complexity of building your own disaster recovery site. While this approach allows you to maintain complete control of all IT infrastructure and data housed at the secondary site, there are significant capital and operational costs. Your organization will have to purchase or rent the property, build the site and implement the system. After implementation, there are ongoing costs for powering, maintaining and securing the site. Storage costs are likely to skyrocket as corporate data is constantly backed up. Because there needs to be a good distance between the disaster recovery site and the primary data center, staffing can be difficult.
Topics: Disaster Recovery