Data Fabric Part 2 – Enabling the Hybrid Cloud

This is part 2 of my 3 part series on the NetApp Data Fabric, you can view part 1 here.

The rapid evolution that we’re seeing across all industries today is placing greater demands on IT than ever before. IT is truly at the heart of todays increasingly digital business and it’s an exciting place to be, but what are the key business objectives and what do they mean to us as IT professionals?

1) Drive Growth and New revenue – According to Gartner over 60% of a companies IT budget is spent on ‘Run’, effectively the things that IT has to do but that have little opportunity to create additional business value. How does IT evolve to move more of the budget into technologies that can help their company Grow and Transform rather than maintain what is currently there.

2) Move with Speed and Scale – What can IT do to increase the speed of innovation? entire industries are being disrupted by new companies coming into the market that don’t carry the baggage of legacy technology, there are the obvious ones like AirBnB and Uber, but now we’re also seeing the rise of the Fintech’s in the Finance sector as well, there are very few industries that won’t be affected by this.

3) Reduce the Cost of Taking Risks – How can IT embrace truly disruptive technologies to increase the pace of innovation without creating a risk to the business. This is way more than just looking at new technologies such as Flash, Flash is a new media with some interesting characteristics, but I don’t believe you can class it as disruptive in the context of the whole function of what IT needs to deliver. How could Hyperscale providers such as Amazon Web Services be used to dramatically accelerate test and development whilst reducing costs, ‘Fail fast and fail cheap’, or how could you bring massive Cloud compute resources to your data for Analytics? these are disruptive capabilities.

These Imperatives are at the heart of our ‘Data Fabric’ strategy, the Cloud removes many business limitations and for the foreseeable future companies will be looking at a ‘Hybrid Cloud’ approach. Our solutions ensure that you can build your Hybrid environment using the Cloud Providers that you want to use, however you want to use them with the freedom to change should you need to in the future.

It’s all about having your data in the right place at the right time and at the right cost

Here’s the video, look forward to your comments.

One comment

  1. Great article and very well explained about NetApp’s vision for Data Fabric. It gives customers and viewers a sense what kind of challenges they may face as part of their hybrid infrastructure and how NetApp will be there as a friend to support them in this new world

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