In the past two years, we’ve seen tremendous strides by data-driven companies. Companies are using digital technologies to change the world and disrupt their industries with innovative data-driven business models, new ways of working, and flexible value chains. They are creating new digital experiences with anytime-anywhere access for customers, employees, and partners. To survive and thrive, every business today must modernize its digital core and use digital and data-driven strategies to create an incumbent advantage.
Central to modernization and digital transformation is cloud: cloud adoption, cloud technologies, and, most importantly, cloud operating models. The cloud can accelerate new application and service delivery, improve IT agility to meet workload demands, and shift your financial models to a consumption-based operating expense model. That’s why business leaders are demanding IT modernize and shift its focus from managing infrastructure to delivering cloud IT services levels tied to business outcomes.
Modernizing your digital core means taking a holistic approach and modernizing infrastructure, applications and data together, to leverage cloud operating models and utilize cloud services to deliver business-relevant outcomes. Modernizing the digital core lays a foundation for a modern, data-driven business. It sets you on a digital journey and helps you build value with your technology, people, and process investments.
By 2022, more than 90% of enterprises will rely on a hybrid cloud environment to meet their infrastructure needs
While some companies still follow a “cloud-first” approach, forward-thinking CIOs have moved to a “cloud smart” strategy. Rather than lifting and shifting all their applications, data, and workloads to the cloud, they take a strategic approach to placement based on security, financial and operational considerations. IT leaders now overwhelmingly favor a hybrid IT and cloud management approach, with common workload management and data services across the core, cloud, and edge infrastructures.
There are five fundamental building blocks to hybrid IT and cloud management (see Figure 2):
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While the cloud promises are real, so are the challenges of multicloud. The most common obstacles on the path to a hybrid IT and cloud management model are:
Skills gaps. The technical expertise required for implementing and managing public cloud infrastructure and services differs from the skills necessary for managing a private data center. Climbing a steep learning curve while trying to close those skills gaps can lead to human errors. There is also the risk of institutional knowledge walking out the door due to frequent employee turnover.
Cloud incompatibility. On-premises and multiple public cloud environments are not fully compatible and not easily synchronized. For example, a hybrid cloud application’s back-end data center component may not align or respond as quickly as the front-end public cloud component demands.
Security and compliance risks. Multicloud increases the attack surface, widening potential for ransomware attacks, and therefore increases the risks of loss of control and governance. While public clouds have good individual protection, IT teams are still accountable for data security and compliance mandates.
Cost surprises. The public cloud often comes with a hefty cost surprise. This is due to the unpredictability of egress charges and the ungoverned use of multicloud resources by increasingly large parts of the organization, from developers to business users.
Data governance. Exponential data growth, especially unstructured data, significantly increases the complexity of IT services, such as data storing, data protection, data continuity, and data protection. If left unchecked, multicloud can result in an increase of data copies and more ungoverned data silos.
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