In the past, small businesses and large enterprises both solely used on-premise data centers because they were the only real technology available for decision-makers looking to improve operations through the use of digital technologies. Today is much different, as many organizations are now migrating massive workloads to external cloud computing environments in an attempt to reduce costs, relieve internal stress and ensure individuals have access to mission-critical resources from virtually anywhere at any time.
Yet decision-makers are still unsure which route to take in their deployment of the “next-generation data center.” In some cases, executives will continue migrating operations to external cloud-based environments, while others will keep sensitive information on internal clouds. Others still will adopt a hybrid approach, in which both internal and external clouds are used. The question remains, which method will be the most effective for 21st century companies?
In reality, this question can only be answered when decision-makers understand how their organization works. If an enterprise is pursuing teleworking trends, which enable employees to work from anywhere, the public cloud can introduce significant benefits. Because the hosted environments are managed by a third party, they are accessible via any device from any location. This means individuals in a coffee shop down the street can access the same resources as colleagues working inside the office – if they are authorized to view the same content, that is.
Conversely, if an organization is charged with managing highly sensitive information that can cause substantial problems if released, the private cloud may be a better option. Private services are not multi-tenant environments like their public counterparts, making it less likely that confidential data will be exposed.
Still, companies often take various approaches when augmenting their data center.
Improving the data center is critical
A study of more than 2,000 business executives conducted last year by the Uptime Institute, a division of The 451 Group, revealed that 55 percent of businesses increased their data center budgets in 2012. Approximately half of respondents deployed the private cloud, while 25 percent implemented public offerings, with both approaches being driven by the opportunity to reduce costs.
“Among many interesting upward trends, we continue to see an increase in data center budgets, which is a pleasant surprise as many budgets in the IT sector are on the decline,” said Matt Stansberry, director of content and publications at Uptime Institute. “Our survey, which has already piqued industry recognition in its early stages, is a true picture of where the industry is headed as our sample base represents many of the top data center owners and operators across the globe.”
In most cases, these cloud investment trends are carrying over into today, as the hosted technology continues to be ranked among the top IT initiatives. While both the private and the public cloud have their distinct advantages, the truth of the matter is that hosted services will continue to disrupt data center operations by providing decision-makers with the chance to invite new opportunities into the workplace.
In the coming years, the technological landscape will continue to evolve into a more sophisticated environment. Cloud computing will disrupt this ecosystem by allowing organizations to support teleworking, embrace mobility and reduce infrastructure costs associated with managing complex collaborative solutions. While both the private and public services will introduce advantages, each company has its own unique set of requirements that may make one offering more relevant than the other.