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Hybrid IT is top priority for businesses in 2017

Tan Kit Yong, Regional Director, Southeast Asia, CenturyLink | Dec. 16, 2016
IT leaders today are challenged to deploy technologies within the organisation.

4. DRaaS - a new solution to old problem

  • Capital costs of conventional disaster recovery can be enormous, particularly if a company chooses to operate a dedicated remote data centre in addition to its on-premise set up. Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) provides a new solution to this old problem.
  • DRaaS is provisioned as a virtual server residing in an internal data centre, with replica instances that sit within the chosen cloud platform. This provides continuous data protection, with failover and failback times that are almost instantaneous, limited only by the time it takes to boot up the protected virtual machines.
  • DRaaS provides a lower cost structure as the cloud infrastructure is spread between multiple subscribers. The replica servers that reside in the cloud platform are only activated when a disruptive event occurs, which further reduces operating costs.

5. Increased outsourcing to address in-house skills shortages

  • More enterprises are realising that managing their end-to-end IT infrastructure in-house can be more costly, complex and at times inefficient. These enterprises are starting to feel the pressures of juggling their limited IT budgets between keeping their lights on and leveraging new innovative technologies. With more companies adopting digital transformation, there is a lack of skilled talent to meet this demand.
  • According to CenturyLink's Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016, 58 per cent of organisations in Asia Pacific cited lack of skilled manpower as a reason to outsource, alongside cost reductions (62 per cent) and new technologies deployment (59 per cent).
  • Human capital is a top priority and key pillar of the business, and it is important to not just attract the right talent but also retain them. Keeping existing talent and finding people with the right skills exposes the human side of digital transformation i.e. strategy, culture and leadership that is crucial for business success.

6. Managed security - Security remains the number one concern for enterprises. There has been increased interest in managed security, and more IT decision makers are seeking expertise from managed service providers to overcome security concerns in the rapidly changing IT landscape.

  • Security has a major role in all decisions regarding hybrid IT adoption, as organisations need to ensure the integrity of their infrastructure, and prevent intentional/accidental breaches in all engagements (both in-house and outsourced)
  • According to CenturyLink's Asia Pacific Hybrid IT Readiness Report 2016, 84 per cent of Asia Pacific enterprises view security as a key driver for considering third party managed services. Fifty five per cent of respondents see the strategic role of IT to be risk mitigation planning.
  • Continued growth of IoT and big data relies on secure networks to collect and process this information into actionable business insights and operations
  • Workplace mobility and enterprise mobile initiatives rely on strong security across devices, security as a service models may be more suited to the increased use of BYOD initiatives/single sign on/multi-layer authentication
  • Business concerns with cybersecurity will see many organisations moving to security subscription services and engaging closely with providers to protect their network. Businesses will need technology standardisation, automation and a data centric approach to information and network security (which are also all key to cloud computing solutions).

 

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