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Driving forces behind cloud computing

Mark Bentkower, Director of Enterprise Solutions Asia Pacific, CommVault Systems | Dec. 17, 2014
With a new wave of data expected to come from new Internet-enabled devices, the use of virtualised machines and the adoption of cloud-enabled business-critical applications, it is more important than ever for organizations to holistically manage their data and storage more intelligently. Cloud services will be a key element to achieve this. In this article, CommVault discusses the latest trends and services brought by the cloud and how organisations can now seize the opportunity to leverage these new functions to enhance their business capabilities.

Embracing hybrid cloud
Working with cloud service providers offers organizations the ability to take advantage of the private cloud. In fact, a growing number of enterprises are consolidating their IT infrastructures to private/public clouds. The growing importance of hybrid cloud environments is transforming the entire computing industry, as well as the way businesses are able to leverage technology to innovate. 

One clear benefit of a hybrid cloud model is having on-premises, private infrastructure directly accessible - in other words, not having to go via the public internet for everything. This greatly reduces access time and latency in comparison to public cloud services. The hybrid cloud model offers companies the ability to have on-premises computational and storage infrastructure for processing data that requires extra speed or high availability, while retaining the ability to leverage the public cloud for failover circumstances or when the workload exceeds the computational power of the private cloud component.

Building out the private end of a hybrid cloud also allows for flexibility in virtual server design. Organizations can automate the entire virtual machine lifecycle as well as archive older VMs to the cloud. Some organizations are also looking at private compute clouds to provide disaster recovery and business resumption services for virtual machines that would traditionally run in the datacenter.

Using a hybrid cloud can also greatly facilitate employee connectivity in the workplace. In addition to employees sharing files for collaboration, companies must also integrate remote workers with core business processes, such as internal messaging, scheduling, edge protection (laptops, tablets, etc), business intelligence and analytics.

For most CIOs, a hybrid environment is, or soon will be, a fact of life. And in 2015, more enterprises will start to figure out how to use the tools that are available to expose private cloud resources to their developers. With the hybrid cloud model, IT decision makers have more control over where to process data and how much to spend on that effort as it pertains to the value for the business.

Mining for data gold in the cloud with data analytics
Embedded systems, such as Internet of Things (IoT), will continue to add to the crush of structured and unstructured data already filling company databases. The amount and variety of data will demand more advanced analytics than the ones currently available. Although there are already sophisticated data management tools that can effectively help to turn out great business value from archived/stored data, we have also started to witness recently the move of data analytics to the cloud.

'Analytics with purpose' will be a guiding principle for organizations in 2015. Whether they are launching their first business intelligence and analytics initiatives, or leading the next phase of an existing program, organizations will have to consider the cloud as a key element of their strategy. By implementing a hybrid data analytics strategy, organizations have the opportunity to make more intelligent choices about unstructured big data in their environment, and thus quickly take actionable steps to retrieve valuable storage space, and mitigate the risk of compliance-related issues.

 

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