Digital Transformation in the Age of Cloud and Disaster Recovery

Digital Transformation - Cloud and Disaster RecoverySpeaking to a crowd at NetApp’s Insight event in London, Senior Vice President of the Cloud Business Unit, Anthony Lye, was quoted saying, “(Digital) Transformation is the most important thing, and probably the most significant and scary thing, that all of your companies face today.” The purpose of digital transformation is to achieve ongoing IT agility, allowing a company to increase efficiency and adapt to market trends.  While 2019 saw continued investments into digital transformation, not all businesses are achieving the above results. For example, a recent report by McKinsey and Company stated that a large number of enterprises’ cloud investments have not helped them reach the full potential of their transformation goals. For purposes of this blog, we’ll discuss Cloud and Disaster Recovery trends and see how they are shaping digital transformation in the enterprise.

Trend #1: Normalizing Cloud Computing

Its no secret that cloud computing has been embraced by enterprises across the globe. Whether it be the deployment of private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud or multicloud environments, organizations are leaning heavily on cloud to achieve their digital transformation initiatives. Today, we no longer suffer from system incompatibility or lock-in, as there is a myriad of vendor solutions to help us achieve our goals. To ensure that digital transformation and new innovations are achieved, we must normalize clouds by creating a uniform compute and uniform data plane. VMware and Kubernetes have gotten a head start on the uniform compute plane, so what’s left is the need for a uniform data plane.

Trend #2: Measured Cloud Migration Models

Despite the rise of cloud, some enterprises are still hesitant to make a full transition. To combat these fears, cloud vendors lean on measured migrations and as-a-Service solutions to ease customers into transformation. By eliminating lock-in and offering specific cloud products to only first build out applications that are ready for cloud, enterprise clients can feel comfortable in their cloud migration and the digital transformation of their business. 

Trend #3: Disaster Recovery turned as-a-Service

Traditional disaster recovery was not without its problems. Oftentimes, this process was labor-intensive involving tape, offsite storage and the maintenance of a disaster recovery plan / runbook, making it hard to achieve RPO and RTO standards. Additionally, this service came at a high price. By turning disaster recovery into an as-a-Service solution, it gave enterprises a simpler, inexpensive option that was on-demand and had the ability to provide relief in times of newer threats such as ransomware. The agility that comes with this level of disaster recovery fits in perfectly with a successful digital transformation strategy.

Trend #4: Utilizing Cloud as a Disaster Recovery Site

While some cloud disaster recovery solutions come with a heavy price tag, utilizing new technologies and the cloud as a disaster recovery site will help organizations keep costs low while leveraging on-demand resources. Such a trend will help organizations keep pace in the everchanging digital transformation climate while also protecting against new threats and disasters.

 

As previously mentioned, digital transformation is not as simple as addressing one single technology. It can be about migrating to the cloud, creating newer applications, leveraging AI and/or addressing new client needs. In this blog, we chose to focus on the latest trends in cloud and disaster recovery to see how they might shape your digital transformation journey. As is apparent with each trend, a state of agility and innovation is an important baseline to achieving a successful digital transformation.

 

If you’re looking to discuss the next steps around your digital transformation or even assess some shortcomings you’ve encountered, contact us today!

 

Drew Woods
Senior Marketing Manager
Key Information Systems