Today’s IT leaders are heavily focused on increasing operational efficiency, improving the customer experience, enhancing agility to support growing demands and leveraging new technology platforms. Optimizing your storage infrastructure helps achieve those goals.
But how are businesses supposed to act on these goals when, according to IDG Research, 66% of budget has to go toward simply keeping the lights on?1 Many organizations are taking note of this budget deficiency and are expected to increase funding for innovation to 45% by the end of 2019. With greater funding, businesses have the opportunity to not only invest in new technology to increase productivity and gain market share, but also to leverage third parties to assist with the IT transformational roadmap.
Working with a partner who has expertise in cloud enablement and data center optimization can lift the weight off your IT teams — giving them more time to focus on strategic initiatives and, in return, achieve additional cost savings.
Having the right partner can help you determine compliance requirements, assess growth and scalability requirements, and make sure your workloads are on track and your storage solutions are up to date for optimal results. Outsourcing can also help you execute application and data migration with ease, ensure your solutions are secure, and source and integrate the proper platforms across your locations.
Many organizations are transforming data centers to enable business-critical applications and workloads to exist in the cloud. It’s important that the infrastructure and technology in the data center support moving these apps and workloads around without the loss of productivity.
With a cloud-enabled infrastructure, businesses have the ability to simultaneously augment on-premise data storage with cloud-based storage solutions, back up and recover critical files, access applications on or off premises, and effortlessly monitor systems whenever they need to.
But how do you know which platform to choose? How can you guarantee the best results for your business and get the most out of your cloud investment?
Each cloud platform has benefits and drawbacks. To match the right job to the right cloud, you need to consider your specific business requirements for security, growth, multisite locations, data access and compliance. Assessing your business components can help you choose between the private and public cloud — or a combination of both.
Speed and automation are critical in today’s IT environment: speed in delivering products to market, speed in developing new products, speed in delivering updates to existing products — and automating the operational piece to support the speed. Data center optimization enables organizations to achieve a modern data center to manage today’s fast-paced business and prepare for the future.
But legacy infrastructure can’t keep up with growing expectations and demands — resulting in unexpected downtime, inefficiencies and expensive maintenance costs. Storage solutions that can help bridge the gap between outdated IT and a modernized environment include:
Taking a data center assessment can help start the data center refresh conversation and provide valuable insight into what modernization challenges you need to overcome to transform your business.
As you continue to work toward IT optimization, a proactive infrastructure coupled with backup and recovery solutions through the cloud can prevent data loss.
For optimal cloud security, many cloud services provide application role-based authentication, continuous user monitoring and predictive analytics to help businesses forecast potential areas of attack. According to IDC, “60% of chief information officers will refocus infrastructure cybersecurity around authentication and trust to manage business risks, initiating the retirement of systems that cannot ensure data protection.”2
Building a strong security program for a hybrid strategy will include:
As an organization embarks on its transformational journey, the amount of data it collects will continue to build. Any business considering modernizing its data center to accommodate this growth should clearly define the business goals and intended outcomes. Once the outcomes are defined, investing in a proper assessment of the business’s current environment will provide the baseline needed to help build a (successful) transformational roadmap.
1 IDG Research. (2017, Dec. 21). Stakes Rise for IT: The IT Transformation Journey. Insight.com.
2 IDC. (2018, June 6). IDC’s Strategic Predications That Will Help Asia/Pacific Organizations Become a Digital Native Enterprise. IDCdxawards.com.