Is your business 100% cloud-based? Very few organizations will answer “yes.” However if we switch the question round and ask if you plan to remain 100% on premise in the future, the number of organizations saying “yes” will be equally small.
So why is it that such a tension exists in today’s infrastructure management?
Data center strategy is now fraught with complexity – a web of technical, engineering and management issues, requiring an ongoing juggling act of density, load and capacity. The emergence of cloud is forcing the hand of IT professionals to address these issues. It profoundly questions many ‘assumed truths’ of the legacy model of IT delivery. The large, expensive and static enterprise data center is now in stark comparison to the flexibility, pricing, agility and efficiency promised in the cloud.
However for many companies, external regulations will mean that there are some elements of IT operations that they are not keen to move to the cloud. Simultaneously departments within the same business will be making demands to migrate to the cloud to reap the benefits of costs savings, greater agility and speed. To manage both of these requirements and bridge this gap successfully, organizations are choosing colocation as a way of tapping into the latent potential of hybrid IT. According to a study produced by DCD Intelligence and sponsored by DATA4, between 2016 and 2020, investment in colocation is set to grow by 13.6 percent per year, at six times the rate of new on premises data center builds The reasons for this growth are clear. By offering the requisite bandwidth, latency, capacity and security, these colocation facilities are becoming pivotal to how businesses set up their IT infrastructure to cope with the new demands imposed by the advance of cloud computing.
Hybrid IT: the new reality
The reality is that there are pragmatic factors that have influenced how well organizations respond to the cloud opportunity. Businesses need to know where their data is located, how it is used and how it is shared. On this basis, many organizations have elements of their business that they do not wish to be moved into the cloud.
And yet at the same time, pressure from within the business is driving cloud adoption. Today lines of business are forcing the need for technological agility, sometimes authorizing cloud-based purchases without even consulting the CIO. Many of the most exciting enterprise technologies of recent years have originated from an ability to sell technology solutions into non-techie parts of the business (ERP, CRM, Marketing, HR, Collaboration, Finance …).
Transform your business to become Hybrid IT ready
The simple fact is that many facilities just don’t have the bandwidth, latency, capacity or agility to maximize the use of hybrid IT. A hybrid strategy will therefore be rendered ineffective.
A tension exists because of the impatience to ‘be more cloud-based.’ The cloud ecosystem is expanding rapidly and there is exponential growth in the available solutions. This makes operations significantly more complex for the IT team, from the data center manager through to the CIO. In addition according to the DCD Intelligence study, CIO’s show concerns around security (physical and logical) and SLA’s as low latency access to cloud instances has become a critical factor.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Colocation offers a simple, secured and compliant route to unlocking the benefits of hybrid IT. It can deliver higher-specification converged data center solutions, which have pre- integrated and pre-tested components in which server, network and storage layers are able to operate together more effectively.
The Digital Hub: the foundation of hybrid cloud strategy
Is your business looking to benefit from the cloud – but on your own terms? A common stumbling block in the cloud transition is a sense of lost control. It’s precisely in answering this challenge that the DATA4 Digital Hub adds value. Bringing the benefits of a private network, it provides the control organizations demand in deploying cloud applications and cloud resources.
The Digital Hub’s defining characteristics are:
- Flexibility in adapting its profile, including destination and bandwidth
- Access to all utilities and services needed to build the customer’s hybrid IT platform:
- Access to more than 60 carriers and ISPs
- Access to the main European data center peering platforms (IXP – Internet eXchange Point)
- Access to more than 110 Cloud destinations thanks to our partnership with InterCloud.
- Access to partner services such as High Performance Computing (HPC and storage.
- Provision of a consistent and unified means to support a global roll-out
- Fully managed connectivity
- Access to de-materialized infrastructure acting as a storage buffer to control the way data is transferred to the cloud
Thanks to the Digital Hub, businesses can now build a tailored, secured and efficient hybrid IT architecture to fully benefit from the new cloud-centric landscape.
Press release by Data4