Cloud computing is one of many technologies that is expanding into all facets of life and, as a result, is one of the main drivers of increased demand for data center capacity. Worldwide, internet usage is rising, with 57% of the global population now being users of the internet1; alongside the growing number of users with Wi-Fi enabled mobile devices. Ever-increasing internet usage is accelerating demand for cloud-based services, such as streaming video or image storage, which are used in everyday life by more people than ever before. The Cisco Global Cloud Index 2016-2021 estimates that traffic from the cloud will account for 95% of all data traffic by 2021. Businesses are also leveraging cloud technology as a more efficient and cost-effective operational solution. Enterprises are starting to shed their legacy data centers and are working directly with data center operators and cloud providers to realize multiple business benefits.2
Many enterprise companies are at various stages of moving their in-house data centers and legacy systems towards public, private or hybrid cloud solutions. As this shift continues, data center operators should benefit. There are several factors pushing this trend, the main one being that many enterprises have been slow to embrace the digital transformation of their businesses. As a result, there has been a lack of business optimization, where in-house IT functions have resulted in stagnating innovation, crippling the ability to move or adapt quickly to disruptive market dynamics. The failure to benefit from economies of scale and the resulting cost savings from deploying into a third-party operational environment, or a hybrid cloud technology environment, can restrict growth within enterprise organizations today.
Cloud services allow for seamless integration, because many services can be combined on a common platform. Ease in scalability and flexibility is a significant benefit of cloud computing, as companies can scale up or down the services being offered. They can also add new services quickly and without difficulty once a platform has been implemented. Cloud computing stimulates collaboration between employees across various locations, as files and communication can be shared in real-time. Additionally, the set-up of services is much quicker when cloud computing has been adopted, and software maintenance is no longer a worry, as the cloud service provider will be responsible for maintaining and upgrading software. Furthermore, more effective security is a benefit of cloud computing, as service providers have high security requirements to protect internal data as well as personally identifiable customer information.
But enterprises are facing challenges in that selecting the right cloud technology solutions can be complicated. Some of the reasons why companies have been slow to initiate a hybrid cloud solution is because there is still sensitive information that the organization feels they must retain internally, but that the offloading of non-core applications to the public cloud now makes sense. The issue then arises of where to start on a hybrid cloud solution and whom to involve. The complex planning and implementation often require both internal and external resources to understand legacy systems and how to best proceed to make an updated solution work optimally.
While a complex process, hybrid cloud solutions offer an opportunity for data center operators to provide a complete ecosystem to customers and act as an experienced and neutral partner to facilitate a solution. This is also where a wide selection of carriers and network access points play an important role for an operator, as data needs to travel through various private and public channels to partners and customers alike, with faster connection speeds and heightened security. Customers are now demanding a personalized, collaborative provider, where experience, trust and additional security are attributes that a data center operator can also provide.
e-shelter can be a great benefit to enterprises as global internet and mobile usage continue to grow and cloud adoption becomes more prevalent. e-shelter offers complete solutions for housing IT and network systems in a secure, high-availability environment. We are our customers’ Home to the cloud with access to multiple cloud service providers. e-shelter data centers also come equipped with an Innovation Lab, where customers can test and validate basic or complex, cloud solutions in a real-time production environment. Alongside a broad partner ecosystem that is willing to collaborate and share their expertise to create the next new and improved solution, the Innovation Lab provides a Try before you Buy solution to corporate customers, that helps mitigate risks and puts an organization on a clear path to a cloud solution that allows them to succeed in the future.