To prepare for a better future, we must modernise the data centre
Think of the businesses you love buying from. The chances are they all have one important characteristic in common. Put simply, they seem to understand what you want and they provide it in a format that feels personalised, valuable, easy-to-use and always available. As a result, they are probably leaders in their markets, whether they are offering coffee, cabs or Christmas gifts.
In the decade ahead, the ability of businesses to rapidly understand and respond to the demands of their customers will be an increasingly vital influence on overall success. This is the core of digital transformation.
To enable the necessary agility, businesses are turning to cloud services in record numbers. By 2020, investment in the cloud will be growing six times faster than general IT spending, according to IDC Research. In particular, the speed and scalability of the public cloud expands the scope for devops, enabling enterprise to quickly build and deploy new apps and other services that drive value, open new revenue streams and attract customers. On the other hand, many organisations have existing workloads that are best accommodated on-premise for reasons of security, compliance or company policy.