How cloud is solving business and technology challenges

According to a report from Vanson Bourne, two-thirds (69%) of data centre owners are planning to expand their facilities within the next five years in an attempt to overcome some key challenges, including:

The expectation to do more with less… and faster: the role of IT has shifted from just ‘keeping the lights on’ to aiding business decision making. It means you have to learn and adapt quickly to keep pace with change.

Adhering to regulation: The Data Protection Act makes securing your information a legal requirement. In particular, you cannot transfer data to a country or territory outside of the European Economic Area, so retaining visibility and control over your information is essential.

Big data: according to IDC, by 2018, 50% of all apps will use cognitive services; analytics will be embedded in every application used to facilitate functionality or convenience, causing the amount of data we produce to double every two years.

But rather than look at on-premise solutions, many data centre managers are now realising is that cloud is a viable alternative to traditional on-premise storage. According to IDG Research Services, over three-fifths of IT applications are currently delivered via on-premise platforms. In three years’ time, this figure is expected to plummet to just over one-third (35%), while IT services delivered via cloud will increase from 38% to 65%.

So why is cloud becoming the platform of choice?

Hybrid-cloud: it’s simple, secure and scalable
Research from IDC shows that hybrid-clouds will rule the foreseeable future, with 80% of organisations expecting to use some form of hybrid-cloud by the end of this year. Forrester Research puts the preference for hybrid-cloud down to its ability to “leverage existing IT resources while integrating into public and private cloud environments.”

According to IDG Research Services, organisations prefer hybrid-cloud because:

  • It enables them to retain greater visibility over their data (44%).
  • Improves the customer experience (87%).
  • They’re three times more likely to achieve their business goals.

But business conditions can change fast, so it’s essential that you create an IT environment that lets you innovate without constraints across your choice of hybrid-cloud resources.

Data Fabric: optimise today’s workloads and prepare for hybrid-cloud
With a common set of data services delivered through a software-defined approach, Data Fabric from NetApp provides consistent data management, efficient data transport and the visibility to leverage the right IT resources, when and where you need them.

By controlling how you manage, secure and move your data across the hybrid-cloud, Data Fabric enables you to:

  • Build a cloud-ready data centre.
  • Accelerate your enterprise application performance.
  • Protect and recover your data.

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