We work with and consume technology 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it is truly amazing how our lives have been transformed over the last decade. The benefits are numerous, but it is undeniable that this torrent of data has brought with it a new challenge: how can we control, store, process, use and consult so much information?
Many solutions have been presented, but plenty of attention is needed, especially in relation to the enormous number of cloud solutions on offer that are supposedly the key catalysts in allowing business to move forward. But the public solutions being offered, be they free or at a cost, have brought about greater complexity and responsibility for IT departments which are, either directly or indirectly, responsible for the protection and governance of corporate content.
According to many analysts, the so-called ‘hybrid cloud’ is possibly the best alternative for large companies, since it provides benefits in the form of its three-point offer of content, security and mobility. For you to get some idea of its importance, analysts expect the Hybrid Cloud to represent around 30% of workloads within the next four years.
During the course of my workday, I can see that many companies still have doubts about adopting the hybrid cloud solution. In the name of cooperation, therefore, I would like to mention a few things that we at HDS feel are essential in the process of choosing and adapting this type of system.
Integration and adaptability – as many applications don’t speak the same language as that used in the cloud, it is difficult to adapt some solutions directly, meaning that the transfer of data to the principal public clouds such as Google, Amazon or Microsoft simply don’t work intelligently or automatically. This is why platforms that allow for the adaptive prioritization of a cloud are fundamental. In fact, this is a key ability since it allows for a balanced approach to the security and cost of a hybrid cloud.
Synchronization and security – it is necessary to clearly establish exactly what can be made available in the public cloud and what should be stored internally. This is a vital control mechanism for the strategies adopted by organizations. Technological resources such as the synchronization of data across multiple active sites confer productivity and quicker access, as well as other benefits. However, it is the parameters of what is permitted that will make the difference. Monitoring the accessing of documents by employees is essential, and having a solution that lets you know when a document has been removed from the controlled system could prove to be one of the great differentials for a solution. The availability of data should assist an employee in making regular day-to-day decisions whilst not creating silos and deadlocks in governance.
Finally, I’d like to repeat the question that my colleague Adrian de Luca, Hitachi Data Systems CTO for the Asia and Pacific region asked his readers on one of his HDS Community blog posts: “So, what plans do you have to use the Hybrid Cloud and which positions in your company do you think will best adapt to this sort of environment?”
I look forward to hearing back from you so we can continue with this discussion.
Until next time!