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In the the 20th century, small and medium businesses to large enterprises used on-premise data centers to improve operations through the use of digital technologies. IT decision makers sought to optimize the technology available to improve business efficiency and profitability.
There has been a revolution underway in the last decade as organizations moved massive workloads to virtualized environments in an attempt to reduce costs, free-up internal resources and to ensure individuals were available for mission-critical tasks from anywhere, from any device, at any time.
Many organizations are still unsure which route to take, when planning for the “next-generation data center.” In some cases, IT decision makers are willing to move their IT operations to a third-party datacenter or a cloud-based environment, while others keep sensitive information in an on-premise datacenter or in a private cloud due to compliance and regulatory requirements. A majority of them adopt a hybrid approach, in which both internal and external clouds are used.
The question remains, what type of cloud or datacenter approach will be the best fit for you?
As we know, the answer to this question is not a simple. To begin, IT and Financial decision-makers must come together to understand organizational technology requirements. Organizations that are looking to explore a mobile workplace, where their employees work remotely from anywhere, using any device, the public cloud can introduce significant benefits. These hosted environments ensure accessibility via any device from any location at any time. This allows employees to have a flexible work style where they can access the same resources anywhere, anytime.
Equally, if your organization is handling highly sensitive information that can violate your regulatory requirements, the private cloud may be a better option. Private cloud does not mean having all your servers in an on-premise datacenter. You can utilize a hosted provider for a dedicated private cloud in a remote datacenter. This will save you operational costs such as cooling and power.
When an organization is not sure what approach fits your IT requirements, it is recommended to start with a Hybrid cloud environment. In a hybrid cloud you will have some of your infrastructure in an on-premise environment and the rest in a public cloud. New features from Microsoft such as “Federation” lets organizations to seamlessly extend your network to the public cloud.
Public Cloud? Private Cloud? Hybrid Cloud? Depending on your specific business requirements, the cloud offers several options to meet your needs.
In the coming years, the cloud computing landscape will evolve into a more sophisticated environment. Cloud computing has become a disruptive force to the IT ecosystem by allowing organizations to support mobile workers and reduce infrastructure costs associated with managing IT needs. While these cloud options are evolving, each enterprise has to examine their requirements carefully before jumping in. This is the first critical step in evaluating what makes sense when considering a cloud strategy.
The future datacenter is here. There are several ways in which a cloud solution can be implemented seamlessly to take your business to next level. Welcome to the future!