The data center, as we have known it for decades, with its servers, networks, storage, security appliances, racks, cables and power supply, is vanishing. The traditional on-premise data center is becoming the stronghold of legacy systems and services that cannot be supported elsewhere. As organizations go digital, everything from applications to Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery are being virtualized at the hands of a mature breed of IaaS and PaaS services on cloud.
The advantage of moving workloads from a traditional data center to cloud goes beyond making infrastructure invisible (and getting rid of the headache of maintenance):
- Cloud-based IaaS and PaaS provide services on-demand and can scale based on workloads
- They are easy to integrate into existing enterprise IT
- They ensure infrastructure optimization and continuity
- They provide access to the latest technology. Above all, they bring easy and painless cost control
For our experts at Wipro who have followed the evolution of data center technology for over two decades, the signs are clear: Organizations are not investing in expensive hardware that is difficult to maintain, requires specialized skills, and cannot be retired easily when technology changes. At this point, you can ask yourself: Is your IT infrastructure ready to leverage new technologies like SDx, Containers, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Internet of Things? Is it able to integrate with voice-based assistants for the ultimate user experience? Can it use automation to improve provisioning, monitoring, optimization and reporting? Can it provide variability and business continuity even in the face of a crisis like COVID-19? If the answer to the four questions is “No”, your organization is a candidate for cloud and virtualization.
We believe that more than 50% of large organizations will have moved the data centers to cloud in the next two years. But medium sized organizations have an even greater incentive to do so. Reason: They can have access to the same—or better—infrastructure than their larger competitors without upfront investments on assets.
This logic is supported by a survey we conducted recently across a broad range of industries. We asked respondents in our survey, which were the top investment areas in IT in the next 3 years. 79% said that the single-largest expense account would be data center cloud (IaaS and PaaS). 46% respondents also said they have distributed their workloads across two or more public cloud partners (Refer figure 1).