Modernising IT Infrastructure to make it agile, cost-efficient, secure and intelligent is imperative for business success
Enterprise IT is undergoing a once-in-a-generation transformation with innovative technologies such as IoT, edge computing, containers, software-defined networking and AI rapidly entering in.
These technologies depend on the cloud in synergistic ways, making cloud the bedrock of IT transformation.
CIOs and IT organizations don't just need to leverage innovative technologies to meet the digital business demands but they must also future-proof their IT architecture because core IT principles such as security, cost-efficiency, continuous management and overcoming complexities never go away.
The urgency to modernise datacenter and stand up a competitive hybrid cloud infrastructure has never been higher. But the challenge is architecting a hybrid cloud at speed and also meeting security, continuous management, cost efficiency and standardization goals. Afterall, cloud-based IT platforms are dynamic rather than static traditional, legacy infrastructure.
Organizations that successfully navigate to a hybrid cloud as well as successfully monitor, manage, secure and optimize the use of right cloud for right workloads will be the ones speeding their time to market and business expansion.
It Takes Two to Tango - Partnering for Success
Standing up successful hybrid cloud environments to make IT a business enabler and propel the use of next-generation technologies are every CIO's dream but only a few succeed. For about 60% of European organizations, legacy infrastructure, legacy workloads, lack of automation and orchestration, as well as fragmentation of monitoring and management tools are major pain-points. Beyond that skills to continuously monitor and manage a dynamic environment is a challenge.
Some savvy IT leaders are leveraging software-defined, API-driven, automated platform as well as modern technologies such as converged and hyperconverged systems to overcome the challenges as these solutions help unify the management of IT infrastructure, automate provisioning and monitoring tasks, and deliver uniform, cloud-like experience for even those workloads and business processes that cannot move to the public clouds.
Relying on cloud professional services can mitigate the risks in cloud journey as the tools can help make cloud assessment, optimize cloud costs and simplify the ecosystem of providers and IT-related expenses. This means, decision makers aren’t required to be experts in infrastructures, product features or basic IT Services but can be "IT generalists" responsible for multiple management, procurement as well as strategies.
Cloud services enable enterprise IT transformation at speed, security and scale while the enterprise can focus on its core competencies and even retrain its IT staff on more value-adding tasks such as app development, or building AI ad ML skills.
Modern hybrid cloud services positively impact enterprise IT's security posture, application and data availability, reliability, consistency, faster recovery, minimized outages, and faster access to required compute resources.
IT services providers that can bring next-generation datacenter technologies and services, with global coverage to provide a unified, end-to-end hybrid cloud environment can help deliver a successful IT transformation.
Enterprises that find capex-heavy IT strategy a barrier can free themselves from that obstacle and access IT resources as much or as little as they want and when they want it.
In summary, IT transformation to a hybrid cloud is an imperative to execute on digital transformation aspirations. CIOs must perform due diligence on internal skills, capex strains, IT complexity, and the urgency to transform IT when building IT of the future and partner with a hybrid cloud service provider that can plug the gaps in the enterprise.
Remember, the service providers IT chooses today determines the success of IT strategy for the next decade. Hybrid cloud is a continuous journey requiring constant evolution, monitoring and management and the technology partner needs to have the same vision and ambition to support modern initiatives such as cloud-native apps, containers and edge initiatives.
Managed cloud services from established providers that are reputed for easy to do business with, and deliver high-quality support and services can be a winning game changer for enterprises to break free from the cycles of legacy IT.
To understand how IT services providers can help your organization drive infrastructure and workload transformation, please download the IDC Whitepaper or contact us to discuss goals requirements for a modern, hybrid infrastructure
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