Digital transformation has become a buzzword, but an important one. It may mean different things to different people, depending on your business objectives or vertical, but its ethos is about enabling organisations to leverage digital technologies to improve internal efficiencies, offer better customer service and provide more relevant products and services.
Yet at the heart of so-called digital transformation is the cloud computing, in its many different guises. In fact, the organisations that have taken the lead with digital transformation – think of agile organisations like Netflix and Airbnb not to mention legacy giants like Boeing and GE – have quickly looked to the big public hyperscalers to support these new digital workloads and applications.
But this was just the start, as there is clearly no one-size-fits-all approach with cloud. Company requirements and demands around data security, uptime/availability, scalability and cost will each play an important role in deciding which cloud environment an organisation develops and deploys, as well as what geographical and industry-specific regulations they must adhere to. Organisations also will consider how closely tied they are to the vendor community, and thus may look to open source and standards, as well as hybrid configurations, to give them more flexibility and choice.
As such, organisations will branch out into specific cloud configurations depending on their requirements; for one company, they may look to a public cloud for web hosting, cloud collaboration and data management, while another may look to on-premise or private cloud solutions for workloads where protecting sensitive personally identifiable data (PII) is critical. And perhaps for the majority, their IT environments will be a combination of on-premise, private and public cloud.
In one recent CIO study, 18% of CIOs said they planned to spend more budget on hybrid cloud computing over the coming 12 months, with over studies indicating that more than two in three businesses today rely on hybrid cloud.
This trend is especially true of mid-market organisations, which tend to be nearer the start of digital transformation journey. They want to move to the cloud to realise benefits around greater business speed and agility but don’t want to take unnecessary risks. Security is a key issue for them but so are balancing this with cost savings, efficiency and scalability. The cost of cloud (and controlling these costs) is a key concern, as is vendor lock-in.
With this in mind, a hybrid cloud approach may be the optimum way for meeting growing demands whilst reducing complexity and mitigating unnecessary risks. Such hybrid strategy can put customers in control so they can migrate to cloud at their own pace and desired risk; for instance, they can adopt public cloud where is makes sense to, and do the same for retaining applications and workloads on-premise.
Some CIOs who have already made the jump say it’s ultimately about flexibility.
“You want to be able to adopt technology or ways of working that make your business more efficient and give you competitive advantage,” says Jeff Wike, CTO at DreamWorks Animation, in a recent interview with CIO. “In order to accomplish those goals, we need the flexibility to meet the demands of our changing environment with a high amount of efficiency and utilisation.”
Wike and other savvy tech innovators are embracing Hybrid IT as the foundation for digital transformation. The ability to seamlessly stitch together traditional IT, managed services and private and public cloud into a Hybrid IT fabric provides the flexibility to mix, match, and deploy the right combination of services quickly, regardless of their location.
By moving workloads dynamically and flexibly between these platforms as required, you can react to business need as it arises.
Red Hat and Microsoft offer flexible, open, hybrid cloud solutions that help you adapt your IT and business operations at your pace and in line with your needs. With these solutions, you can build a modern, security-focused platform for business, speed application and service development, deliver consistent, high-quality database experiences, and simplify and automate management of your environment. Through this partnership, you are able to quickly deploy a reliable and flexible hybrid cloud environment.
In this thought leadership webinar, we discuss (in business language for the CIO audience) the following topics. The webcast should be positioned as a holistic overview and focus on the decisions and steps taken when moving to the cloud. The tone should be high level and strategic with few technical comments. There will be a short introduction, then the presentation, followed by the Q&A session at the end.
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