The work status quo towards hybrid business models is changing with data center security paradigms

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The work status quo towards hybrid business models is changing with data center security paradigms

Close to two years ago, business operations were disrupted in a manner that no one could have predicted. Remote working became the new normal, and as businesses navigated through the challenges at hand, it was clear that digitization was the solution. Amidst this, India became one of the fastest adopters of new-age technologies and transitioned to cloud-based operating models.

For digital transformation, modern infrastructure is critical to its success.[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]In a recent report, IDC stated that by the end of 2022, more than 90 per cent of enterprises will rely on a mix of on-premises private clouds, multiple public clouds, and legacy platforms to meet their infrastructure needs. The report further stated that the need to put data in the cloud will continue to rise, prompting the need for data storage, management, and security solutions.[/box]

These data points indicate the fact that both data centers and cloud will play a vital role as laying the foundation for a robust IT infrastructure. Fueled by remote and hybrid working, data centers are steadily changing the status quo for businesses operating under such models, and here’s how:

Uptime Reliability

One of the major challenges in remote working is the access of data on demand. Without this, productivity drops, as well as business operations are hampered. A potential mistake that companies could make is in thinking that they can rely solely on their privately-owned infrastructure. With the data deluge caused by the pandemic, it’s best to either adopt cloud or datacenter solutions and services to help store, manage, and compute your valuable business data. Data centers that offer maximum uptime SLAs can be leveraged to work alongside cloud-based operations and ensure that employees can access servers hosting their data and applications at any time without disruptions.

Direct On-Ramp Cloud Access

Carrier-neutral co-location data centers provide businesses with options to connect to all of the major hyperscalers. At a time when remote working has become the new normal, co-location data centers facilitate businesses to seamlessly set up cloud environments. Companies can also enjoy direct on-ramp access to a single cloud provider, as well as have the option to choose a multi-cloud approach, further enabling them to optimize costs and output deliverables

Enhanced Security Measures

Added to the challenge of remote work, there has been a surge in the number of cyber-attacks across the country. As a result, IT leaders have had to rethink security in the new normal. While security measures were in place for legacy applications, moving to the cloud or a data center setup does pose certain challenges for companies. As a solution, data centers serve as an excellent option to store cold data and back up hot data evenly distributing the responsibility of securing business-critical data. What this also does, is free up the company from maintaining and managing legacy infrastructure, so they can focus completely on transitioning to cloud-based operations.

As we move forward into a world that will be driven by digitally-led businesses, the move to the cloud supported by data centers will become an important part of IT strategies. Together, the two will co-exist to offer companies the flexibility that they need to achieve a complete digital transformation.

[author title=”” image=”http://”]Authored by Puneet Gupta, Managing Director & VP India/SAARC at NetApp India[/author]

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Times – ET Edge Insights, its management, or its members

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