Having a unified hybrid Cloud strategy should be at the forefront of any technology leader’s mind, according to a panel of speakers that were voicing their views at vForum 2015 in Sydney.
VMware Europe, Middle East and Africa vice-president and chief technology officer, Joe Baguley, said we’re now entering a world of hybrid applications, meaning that the need for the unified hybrid Cloud has proliferated.
“It’s about both on-premise and off-premise merging into one unit. That’s been our focus and we want to simplify how businesses build a software-defined datacentre. There needs to be a higher level of management to break down silos between networks, engineering, and so on,” he said.
Juniper Networks systems engineering and center of excellence vice-president, Russell Skingsley, said IT play important part to reach customers at scale and that the degree of economic growth and the degree of connectedness represents potential customers in Asia-Pacific.
“To reach customers at scale, IT is the only way to do it. Australia is a huge marketplace is businesses are willing to grasp it. This country is seen as a thought leader and we have a window of opportunity to take advantage of that, but it must be soon,” he said.
Macquarie Telecom head of architecture and engineering, Palaseri Sujith, claimed many businesses’ focus are now on hybrid Cloud and hybrid IT, enabling them to seamlessly utilise Cloud technology without needing to re-architect their infrastructure.
“The customer now has the ability to extend datacentres into businesses like ours using their carriers – it’s quite powerful. So, we aim to deliver more solutions, so that others find the adoption of Cloud easier.”
Lenovo enterprise business group director, Rob Makin, said, traditionally, IT has been a back-office function but there has been demand in current times to move that to front of office.
“Many have probably spent millions on what is a back office IT project. What we’re seeing now with our customers and the demand of the digital economy is to move that focus from back-office to front-office.
“So the investment has to be around taking advantage of the digital economy and how you market to customers. IT have had to change and evolve and continue to be disruptive moving forward. It’s about people and process,” he added.
Skingsley mentioned that the single biggest challenge many businesses face is the ability to combat the organisation’s inertia. He claimed to address the agile marketplace, businesses need to first get over that and make the significant move.
“You look at the opportunities presented by this massive growth and you know you need to change the way you do business but you’re unwilling or not capable of changing how you do business because of infrastructure systems. The challenge is to move infrastructures forward to provide us with agility.”
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