When it comes to information technology, financial services and the public sector share some common traits. As highly regulated industries entrusted with sensitive data, they can be risk-averse and slow to innovate. At the same time, their focus on providing services to specialized audiences often means their existing IT infrastructures and datasets are siloed and architected around traditional centralized systems and networks.
Multicloud high availability (HA) can help protect your enterprise’s valuable application and data assets against costly system and power outages and ensure business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR). But how do you best protect against planned and unplanned downtime for both on-premises and cloud infrastructures?
The benefits of distributed cloud computing are accompanied by new responsibilities for ensuring data is securely maintained wherever it resides—on-premises or in the cloud. One reality of cloud computing is the number of different cloud providers the typical enterprise employs to support its application and data needs. A growing percentage of enterprises have a multicloud strategy. Many even report running applications on an average of 3.4 public and private clouds and experimenting with 1.5 more for a total of 4.9 clouds. Multicloud enterprises are the norm.
Cloud architects, who are often the nexus for critical decisions regarding data, applications, services and security, need to work closely with participants in any cloud project to determine the optimum key management strategy. This decision will be particularly important as an enterprise evolves its IT resources from an on-premises model to a widely distributed, multicloud model. A brief review of cloud evolution and the possible encryption key strategies that can be employed to highlight the pros and cons of various approaches.
New cloud applications and services on Microsoft Azure, such as Azure DevOps, Azure AI and Azure Blockchain Service, provide enterprises with a fast path to improved business agility, scale and competitiveness. But legacy network architectures can significantly hamper their ability to migrate workloads to Azure and experience highly performant hybrid applications.
One of the biggest decisions a business needs to make is where to put all of its data. Should you keep it on-premises, move it to cloud, or edge data centers where it is closer to users, applications and analytics? And once you’ve decided where it needs to reside, there are other questions to answer, such as: How can you move data securely between these different environments or integrate them to leverage analytics for the best possible insights?
Decades-old major retailers with significant investments in on-premises data centers typically take a cautious, gradual approach in making the transition. In most instances, the retailer opts for a hybrid cloud environment with data and applications distributed among their data center and a public or private cloud.
According to IDC, by 2021, more than 35% of enterprise IT operations spend in APeJ will be consumption-based, with public cloud platforms becoming the preferred option for enterprises thanks to its ease of management and lower costs. Meanwhile, many businesses are capitalizing on private cloud to enjoy benefits like better security, regulatory compliance and scalability, especially those who want to securely integrate their in-house software applications into the cloud.
Cloud computing has unleashed a whole host of innovation, on-demand usage and collaboration options that companies are looking to take advantage of. However, ‘cloud’ is not a one-click panacea.
It is an exciting moment when our enterprise customers discover that with a single interconnection solution, Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric™ (ECX Fabric™), they can advance both goals at once. With one move, they can optimize their network for distributed IT infrastructure and accelerate their hybrid cloud and multicloud deployments, with minimal complexity and cost.