Your Data and Cloud: Drawing a Parallel

|March 27, 2017 0
A sturdy cloud infrastructure and effective management of data will be the key for Indian enterprises to remain competitive in this ever changing market space

Prashanth GJ

In the recent months, the industry has recognized cloud computing as a cost-effective technique that has enabled them with the rapid adoption of the latest solutions that cloud offers and potential perks that come with it. Plus the data collection methods in lieu of modern-day Business Intelligence methods inherent in social media platforms are the envy of business enterprises and users as well as analysts who now desperately seek to share curated data sets and information across their organization.

This transformation through the influence of social networking, e-commerce and the latest technologies that offer a connected and interactive consumer experience consequently makes data available from all walks of life and every area of industry.

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Needless to say, information requirements are expanding at an enormous pace; organizations simply cannot piece together their data sources randomly. They are now feeling the need for a strong data management system to ensure that data is transformed into valuable and actionable information. While this presents a great opportunity for the partner ecosystem, they often find it challenging to tailor the right solution for the diverse requirements of their customers.

Aggressive adoption of cloud by Indian enterprises

Data is the very lifeblood of an organisation today. Consequently, organizations are struggling to manage the exponential growth in data. Data growth is ranked in the top three challenges faced by IT. Presently, the size of the data is ten times more than what it used to be a decade ago. Besides, business users are demanding better SLAs from their IT dept. Enterprises are committed to giving their consumers and employees what they need and engaging them seamlessly across delivering the right services, right message at the right time via the right channel.

India is witnessing one of the most pervasive adoptions of digital technologies in the world right now, which is not the trend in all countries. A recent study by Gartner says that more than $1 trillion in IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by the shift to cloud by 2020. In fact, 86 per cent of Indian organizations see their IT budget increasing over the next three years and 80 per cent of businesses are willing to invest time, money and skill on cloud services according to a recent VMware study.

However, keeping IT security as a major concern, it becomes key to understand what exactly CIOs are looking out for in the next three years where new security approaches are needed as data center infrastructures increasingly move to the cloud.

Data storage and a resilient Cloud Infrastructure

Findings indicate that losing customers’ trust and public disclosure of sensitive data are considered as the primary concerns by the organisation. At the same time organizations are feeling the dire need for faster technologies and technology trends with anywhere, anytime and any device access to business applications, enterprise data on mobile to provide better work flexibility to their employees while keeping their data secure. Almost 25 per cent of all IT workload is managed in the cloud today and the number is likely to double five years from now. It is evident that the traditional on-premise IT ecosystem, especially in India, is struggling to adopt a resilient cloud infrastructure for their exponential enterprise data.

Many organisations now can stand to streamline their data backup and recovery systems. Disasters innately are unpredictable and the probability of their occurrence demands a remote access method for a quick response time. This is why consolidation of data is crucial, at the same time, it’s also imperative to have the right tools for optimum data protection.

With changes in system approaches and in the way we back up data, many backup and recovery platforms are a hodgepodge of backup applications, disk and tape systems. Recovery is the critical distinguishing feature among recovery and backup tools. But it’s important to remember, backup is easy, but fast and accurate recovery separates the best tools from the herd.

Disaster recovery approaches can differ, but enterprises with a sound cloud infrastructure always recommend tools which can utilize regular testing based on test policies to ensure efficient backup and recovery of data. The amount of data in these endpoint devices are astounding and growing exponentially, which is why it makes sense to consolidate the disaster recovery approaches alongside your backup processes, and not overlap them.

Conclusion

To plow through fields of data that is constantly created as you are reading this now, enterprises need cloud and a sturdy infrastructure equipped to deal on a real time basis and leverage their data not just to be faster but to deploy analytical tools for decision making with speed and scalability.

Only then can they have a leg up on market product trends and even innovate products unique to geographies to maximise their consumer reach and solve real time problems and meet market gaps.

(Prashanth GJ is CEO at TechnoBind. Views expressed here are of the author and CyberMedia does not necessarily endorse them.)

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