It is also imperative that the solution enables the IT team to move data, workloads and applications to another destination with a simple mouse click. This enables easy migration into hybrid cloud and keeps data in two separate locations. Keeping data on premises and off, for example, can potentially save companies the cost of another physical location.
This is easier said than done, because at their core, clouds have a virtualised layer. Most clouds are built on a specific hypervisor. If you run VMware on premise but your CSP built their cloud on HyperV it becomes difficult to easily move workloads between them unless you have a technology that abstracts the hypervisor itself.
3. Greater agility, elasticity and scale with hybrid cloud
As the department or agency progresses, grows and changes, the services you provide will require the infrastructure and capability of a growing data centre. Looking toward the next few years, it would be prudent for governments to look toward data centre solution providers that can provide hybrid cloud capability, allowing for agility, elasticity and scale. This should be true from both an infrastructure and commercial, or cost and billing perspective.
4. Software-defined 'everything' for greater flexibility
Software is key to implementing a flexible data centre strategy. If governments are tied to isolated physical assets, they are inherently locked in to the capability of those. This means departments will not have the ability to adjust and makes it more difficult to move to the cloud. Moving intelligence to software gives governments a level of flexibility that isn't possible when it is held only on isolated physical assets.
5. Make your IT resilient
Resilience is defined as the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. The ongoing wave of aggressive ransomware attacks highlight the increasing reliance on IT, and this is set to get even bigger as IoT concepts come to fruition. It's important that departments / agencies are resilient in the face of an attack and can bounce back quickly with as minimal disruption as possible.
Change is the only constant today. It's no surprise that companies need to embrace digital transformation and the opportunities it presents while being stronger and more resilient than ever before. Having a simplified and automated disaster recovery as a service solution in place can help businesses to focus on their strategic digital initiatives while providing greater peace of mind in the event of an outage.
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