The question for most IT organisations within UK enterprises right now is: how do we go about digital transformation without damaging business performance?
In a blog for ITProPortal, Richard Agnew – VP NW EMEA at Veeam Software – makes the case for the cloud being the answer to this pressing question. He argues that the cloud is best placed to facilitate an environment where everything is a priority. As he puts it, cloud allows IT teams to “‘think small’ to fix big problems […] before they strike”.
De-prioritisation can become a thing of the past
IT teams tend to work by prioritising the things that are ‘most broken’ and potentially damaging to the business – with the ‘least broken’ things put to the back of the queue.
The danger of de-prioritising the ‘least broken’ things, however, is overlooking a potentially harmful problem – identifying how broken a process is can be extremely difficult. A task might also be de-prioritised because it is perceived to be too hard or too time-consuming.
Agnes claims that cloud and virtualisation can make de-prioritisation a thing of the past – no more false illusions about whether a solution actually meets the needs of the business.
Hybrid cloud solutions offer the best of both worlds
Businesses are no longer overwhelmed by extending data centre infrastructure to a hyper-public cloud – or at least they should be.
Hybrid offers firms the best of both worlds: the flexibility and data deployment benefits of public cloud, as well as the security assurance of on-prem, private cloud.
So, the most important or sensitive data can be stored on the private cloud, whilst the public cloud can be used for capabilities that can be rapidly provisioned.
Hybrid can insure against disaster
Agnew points to the recent Amazon Web Services (AWS) service disruption in Northern Virginia, which resulted in several large websites being offline for several hours.
The four-hour disruption led to losses of $150 million (£120m) for S&P 500 companies, according to reports, while US financial services companies lost an estimated $160 million (£128m).
Agnew claims that adopting hybrid can insure against such disaster – relying on a single source to back up vital information is asking for problems.
So, IT bods, does Agnew make a convincing case for the cloud being the answer to all your digital transformation dilemmas?
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