Intelligent CIO North America Issue 8 - Page 35

EDITOR ’ S QUESTION

Cloud computing has maintained an impressive growth trajectory over the past two decades and for good reason .

Whether you are looking to extend and enhance your organization ’ s competitive advantage , further protect your business , or level the competitive playing field , the cloud enables IT and business capabilities , as well as cost efficiencies that would otherwise be quite challenging , if not impossible .
Next , it should provide complete visibility and management control via an intuitive interface for efficient replication and content distribution across on-premises , remote and cloud resources .
Files should be replicated from anywhere to anywhere , quickly and securely , addressing Business Continuity , Disaster Recovery ( DR ) and archive requirements , as well as legal and regulatory compliance mandates .
In fact , recent research from Synergy Research Group found that even during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic , while many in the tech industry were taking tremendous hits , Q4 2020 enterprise spending on cloud infrastructure services grew to US $ 37 billion , up 35 % from Q4 2019 .
This enables organizations with remote branch offices to ensure fast , local access to critical files , to gain the greatest efficiency and capabilities at the Edge . Reverse workflow capabilities are also necessary for data consolidation from remote locations back to central locations .
However , before you can utilize the cloud , you need to get there . Data migration , data replication and data synchronization can be complicated endeavors that result in creating obstacles , instead of delivering the strategic business value , IT benefits and budgetary advantages for which they are intended .
The ideal data mobility and management solution should enable the seamless movement of data to , back and between heterogenous hybrid on-site , remote and cloud infrastructures .
This capability also eliminates vendor lock-in and enables more extensive content sharing opportunities – increasingly critical during what will likely become an enduring work from home ( WFH ) paradigm .
More specifically , an ideal data mobility and management solution should streamline point-to-point data movement and tackle data flow requirements from any storage platform to another ; with fine-grained filtering and continuous incremental updates to alleviate the challenges of moving and consolidating data across heterogeneous environments .
And last but not least , the data mobility and management solution should enable files to be synchronized across multiple storage repositories , including disk and tape , as well as private and public cloud providers .
This will ensure internal and external users can be provided with safe , secure and uninterrupted access to all appropriate data . p
Whether you are looking to extend and enhance your organization ’ s competitive advantage , further protect your business , or level the competitive playing field , the cloud enables IT and business capabilities , as well as cost efficiencies that would otherwise be quite challenging , if not impossible .
SURYA VARANASI , CHIEF TECHNOLOGY
OFFICER , STORCENTRIC
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