COMPAREXpress

02/10/2015

Natasha Bradley, Cloud Services Lead

The concept of Cloud dates back to the 1970s when Virtual Machines (VMs) were launched. It wasn’t until the dot-com boom in the early 2000s that we saw substantial growth in generated data and the demand for bulk online data management.

A recent article by the Guardian focused on the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) and “the amount of data every device can stream.” In a recent study, McKinsey’s research reveals we “may be using as little as 1% of data generated – an indictment of how much potential is being left on the table.” So, how can organisations meet this expected growth, manage costs, report on the data generated and yet remain competitive?

Growth of Hybrid Enterprises

Research by Gartner revealed that by 2017, nearly half of large enterprises will have Hybrid Cloud deployments and by 2020, 450 billion business transactions will be conducted in the Cloud every day. Big data aside, what else can Cloud solutions bring and why should everyone be investing to create a Hybrid Enterprise?

1. Application Integration

Over the years, many enterprises have become scattered as the number of cloud-based apps, virtual services and connected devices have multiplied throughout departments. With a Hybrid Cloud platform, organisations are able to make multiple applications available to all business users, but still govern them through their IT departments. Central management enables organisations to become more secure, agile and competitive in a fast paced market.

2. Growth of ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD)

Like it or not, enterprises are now forced to deal with BYOD. Even though it brings many advantages such as increased productivity, freedom to the user and saves the organisation money, it can also bring a number of challenges: control and policy enforcement. So what does this have to do with Cloud? The answer is ease of use by centralising data management of multiple devices in the Cloud on a unified platform. On-premise, cloud or hybrid products (such as AirWatch by VMware, Maas360 by IBM and XenMobile by Citrix) all allow for device enablement via secure, centralised management platforms.

3. Big Data

As previously discussed, IoT is a key driver in data growth but as many organisations continue to expand, the management of structured and unstructured data is becoming increasingly complex and difficult to store and analyse with traditional on-premise solutions. With big data comes the increased costs necessary to procure the hardware and software needed to maintain it, as well as an experienced resource to analyse and manage it. This has resulted in the growth of Cloud alternatives such as hybrid, which aim to mitigate the drawbacks of an on-premise solution while keeping the benefits of cloud.

Organisations will need to possess the ability to examine their data sets in real-time, as well as leverage their Cloud resources for greater cost-efficiency.

4. Speed of Technological Change

A recent report highlighted that the speed of technological change is hindering organisations and their business operations as they attempt to improve their customer and user experience. Cloud enables many organisations to deploy their IT resources more quickly, as well as increase or decrease them in line with demand. This allows enterprises to innovate, introduce new products and services, enter new markets and adapt to changing business circumstances.

5. Tighter IT Budgets

IT budgets continue to remain fixed, but with a noted increase in ageing hardware, CTOs are looking at new ways to improve their infrastructures whilst working on a shoe string. Aside from storage and infrastructure costs, there are the costs associated with updating and managing software and applications, hiring and training new staff, not to mention spiralling energy costs.

Cloud Computing is a great way for businesses of all sizes to create collaborative environments with little investment, and is a profitable way for IT service providers to expand their services.

Next Steps

Whilst there are many drivers for migrating to a Hybrid Cloud, it is worth understanding some of the many benefits. These include reduced maintenance and support costs, ease of interoperability across platforms, the ability to do more with smaller budgets and the saving of time taken to commission and provision new servers. However, while there are technologies available to allow Cloud applications to share data with enterprise systems (a hybrid environment), companies must find the right balance between controlling the adoption of Cloud computing and adapting to it.

COMPAREX is an experienced Microsoft and VMware Cloud provider with a knowledgeable team of solutions experts who can help you to not only establish the most efficient solution in line with your business strategy, but assess how ready you are to embrace Cloud solutions.

For more information about embracing cloud solutions including a hybrid cloud environment, please contact COMPAREX.


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