When people talk about big data, they mean pentabytes, sometimes exabytes of transmitted data, all containing countless critical records for a business. Some of this big data may come in structured from expected data sources such as transaction records or online forms, and some of it may be extracted in an unstructured way from social media feeds. Combined, that’s a lot of data, and hosting it all on premises can create numerous challenges.
Thus, it’s no surprise that the market has shifted towards a cloud-based solution, with either a complete shift to the cloud or a hybrid solution as the end goal. Getting there, however, takes some careful planning.
How much planning? On a recent episode of Oracle’s Integration: Heart of the Digital Economy podcast, host Kellsey Rupple talked with Chai Pydimukkala, senior director of product management for data integration. Kelsey and Chai went in-depth on the pitfalls and challenges of migrating data to the cloud.
Given those challenges, why migrate to the cloud? Chai breaks it down to three major benefits.
- Security: Chai talks about how not that long ago, cloud security made a lot of people nervous. The idea of trusting an external source with all of your data seemed counterintuitive. However, today that has completely inverted. The organizations most at risk for data breaches seem to be midsize companies operating their own data centers, while cloud data services have invested in security—and they keep evolving those security protocols, as it is key to their business model. What does that mean for the current cloud data market? “Security should be the least of users’ concerns,” says Chai.
- Performance: When you move your data to the cloud, you are handing the keys—and the maintenance—to someone else. But unlike onsite data centers, cloud services are built specifically to maximize performance. That means if you need more processing power or bigger hardware, it’s simply a request to the service, one that is often fulfilled expediently. This ensures that performance is always optimized and always scalable without draining your local IT resources.
- Cost: When you scale upwards in a cloud service, there are usually associated charges with that. However, when placed side by side in comparison with the practical cost of scaling locally, the cloud is more cost-effective. It’s not just about purchasing new hardware, though that’s part of it. The scope of incurred costs includes new hardware, time lost by IT staff implementing new hardware, potential downtime during integration, and more. Cloud service scalability is the nature of that industry and expected. “You’re not just looking at the capital expenditure to build a data center,” says Chai. “Think about all the headaches involved in maintaining the people, resources, and different teams to run the data center.”
When you consider these benefits, it makes sense that more and more organizations are moving their big data to the cloud. But what are the biggest challenges they face? To hear more about this journey, listen to the entire podcast episode Moving Data to the Cloud, and be sure to visit Oracle’s Big Data Blog to stay on top of the latest developments in the field of big data. Want the posts sent directly to your email? Subscribe to the Big Data Blog today!
Organizations are increasingly aware of the need for IT Transformation. Yet in many companies, risk aversion is still a key driver in IT decision-making. Is that the case with some of your prospects and customers too?
With so much riding on the availability of digital IT services, these risk averse companies have traditionally, and quite rightly, prioritized reliability and predictability in their IT infrastructures. But modern business also demands fast and flexible IT—and the focus is shifting…
Modern IT organizations favor speed and agility over predictability and reliability (although these are understandably still key considerations). A recent ESG study* found that modern IT organizations believe that focusing on reliability and predictability is a losing battle and, as a result, more traditional ‘aging’ IT organizations—as defined by ESG research—are struggling.
Optimal agility and flexibility
Industry analysts agree that modernizing the IT infrastructure to prioritize more agile and flexible IT service delivery is the key to continued success. Many organizations choose to achieve that by deploying a higher proportion of modular compute than their more traditionally minded counterparts.
The launch of new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX modular infrastructure gives you a great opportunity to persuade customers about the impact of modular compute—and how it can help them to make the move the modernize their IT.
Modernizing and automating the IT infrastructure is a fundamental step on an organization’s journey towards IT and Digital Transformation. And the benefits extend far beyond IT service delivery and the satisfaction of internal consumers. In the ESG study, so-called ‘modernized’ IT organizations were far more likely than ‘aging’ IT organizations to identify the role that their infrastructure technology played in the delivery of a greater set of business rewards.
Modernized IT makes use of modular servers
Of course, achieving the necessary IT speed and agility—combined with strong reliability and predictability—requires the right IT personnel as well as the right modern infrastructure technologies. Only then can IT organizations truly keep pace with modern business demands.
However, there’s no denying the impact that powerful and incredibly beneficial modular compute technology has on both IT Transformation and in enabling the success of modernizedIT organizations. The ESG study presents a compelling case for why these companies choose to leverage modular server technology.
Ultimately, the study found that the benefits of modular servers align almost directly with the priorities of modernizedIT. Modular servers not only deliver significant benefits in speed, agility, simplification, reliability, and cost—but the average impact of each benefit is also substantial.
Promote the business benefits of modular compute
Making the move to modernize the IT infrastructure is not only beneficial for organizations—it has become a necessity. What’s more, the rewards for opting to invest in technologies that enable the agile and speedy delivery of IT are substantial.
ESG found that businesses with modernizedIT are more innovative, capture more market opportunities, achieve higher revenue, improve customer satisfaction and are simply more competitive.
Crucially, the study participants themselves reported significant benefits from their decision to deploy a modernized IT infrastructure enabled by modular compute:
- Easier to manage – reducing administration time by 33% on average.
- Faster to deploy – reducing deployment time by 35% on average.
- More reliable – reducing service outages by 40% on average.
- Lower cost – reducing procurement costs by 32% on average.
Most importantly, however, the study data revealed a multiplier effect when modernizedIT and modular server technology are combined—producing even larger and more prevalent benefits.
Introduce customers to PowerEdge MX: IT unbound
Brand new Dell EMC PowerEdge MX modular infrastructure is designed to grow and evolve with the modern software-defined data center. Powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, it allows organizations to flexibly configure and optimize their IT infrastructure at all times, so they can take advantage of truly modernized IT and run both traditional and transformational workloads for years to come.
With PowerEdge MX, customers can dynamically adjust their IT resources as their business needs fluctuate – assigning the right resources for the right workload at the right time. This ‘IT unbound’ approach delivers optimal agility and flexibility to meet constantly changing business demands in today’s digital economy.
* ESG white paper ‘Insights from Modernized IT: Modular Compute Can Have a Big Impact’, August 2018.
Organizations of all sizes are increasingly aware of the need to embrace IT Transformation if they want to remain competitive and thrive in today’s digitally-driven economy.
Making the move to modernize and automate their IT infrastructure is one of the first and very necessary steps that any company needs to take towards achieving that transformation—and as a Dell EMC partner, you’re ideally placed to provide the expert advice and support they’re likely to require.
One of the most important messages that your prospects and customers need to hear is that industry analysts have found a direct, measurable relationship between IT Transformation and improved business performance.
In short: embracing IT Transformation can potentially result in a raft of very significant and tangible business benefits.
Automation delivers clear advantages
A recent study by industry analyst ESG1 has found that there’s a big gap between the performance of organizations that underpin their server environment with a high degree of automation and those that do not. What’s more, this chasm is likely to leave legacy organizations unable to keep pace in today’s modern digital economy.
ESG found that companies with modern, highly-automated server infrastructures:
- Completed 14% more IT projects ahead of schedule
- Were 2.5X more likely to run an on-site compute environment that is cost-competitive with the public cloud
- Were more than 2.5X as likely to be more secure than public cloud services
- Managed 82% more VMs per admin
- Saw a 39% reduction in time spent on routine management
- Were more than 3.5x as likely to operate an on-site compute environment matching or exceeding the agility of public clouds
- Were 2.5X more likely to execute most application deployments ahead of schedule
These are substantial advantages in enabling a company to help enhance its IT operational speed, agility, efficiency, scale and cost-effectiveness. Do you have customers who would be interested in such business performance outcomes?
Advanced servers, accelerated business
The ESG research confirmed that implementing a modern and automated server environment is a key component of IT Transformation. With Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, this is extremely easy to achieve. Because PowerEdge servers are the world’s best-selling servers2—and they’re specifically designed to deliver transformation without compromise.
These high-performing servers are the bedrock of the modern data center. Featuring next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, they’re designed from the ground up to deliver the utmost performance and market-leading cost efficiency.
Dell EMC PowerEdge servers are purposefully engineered with a no-compromise approach that helps drive scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security built into every model. This means that they’re perfectly positioned to help meet customers’ ever-evolving IT and operational challenges—delivering an advanced, innovative and ultimately adaptable solution that customers can rely on to help accelerate their business.
Help save time and cost while increasing agility
The combination of IT automation and scalable, high-performing servers with integrated security is essential for the creation of a robust, modern data center. However, the ability to manage the IT environment at the lowest possible cost and with the fewest operational staff is also very important. You can help your customers achieve both.
The comprehensive Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio offers a wide choice of rack, tower and modular solutions to suit most workloads or use cases.
Encourage a smart server refresh to PowerEdge technology as part of a move to modernize their IT, and you can help your customers realize their vision of a potentially worry-free data center infrastructure that helps them maximize performance and optimize efficiency—at the same time as starting them on their journey towards IT Transformation.
1 ESG Research Insights Brief, ‘Transform Your IT with Modern Server Infrastructure’, May 2018
2 IDC declares a statistical tie in the worldwide server market when there is a difference of one percent or less in the share of revenues or shipments among two or more vendors. Based on Units. Data from IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, 2017Q1.
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