The COVID Lockdown tested individuals, businesses and IT systems in unprecedented ways. Many government officials and industry experts have estimated that 40% of businesses will not survive once government assistance ends. All businesses require a combination of resilient people, systems, processes and finance to succeed.
Which is why resilience is in our top five list, topping the list at number one. The key lesson being that resilience needs to be built into the fabric of an organisation, including its IT systems and management, before the need for resilience is apparent.
Being able to deliver an acceptable level of service in the face of significant change and disruption was in our opinion, the greatest lesson to be learned from COVID. IT resilience is about being prepared for any kind of disruption – planned or unplanned, so that any downtime is kept to a minimum.
No matter where you are in your digital transformation journey, you should be considering three important elements: continuous availability, workload mobility and multi-Cloud access.
CONTINUOUS AVAILABILITY is about keeping your organisation and your customers connected to data and applications.
It is also important to ask yourself these questions:
WORKLOAD MOBILITY was spotlighted by COVID as organisations struggled to keep operational with a remote workforce working across diverse locations, connectivity, technology and standards. This challenge is regularly faced in more mainstream scenarios like mergers and acquisitions; decommissioning data centres or the rolling out new initiatives. Organisations will need to continue moving applications and workloads to become accessible while remaining protected; most likely in greater volumes and shorter timeframes.
Moving traditional on-premise workloads to the cloud can require resizing, traditionally on-premise workloads resources are over-provisioned. In a PAYG cloud environment, these idle resources cost real money and workloads need to be tuned to run on just enough resources to reduce costs.
MULTI-CLOUD ACCESS is about benefitting from the ability to move to, from and between different Cloud solutions including hybrids. Each offers different services and features that will better suit some applications better than others. Selecting the best performance, throughput, redundancy and price structure for each of your needs is now possible.
Scalability is much easier to achieve, allowing you to deploy solutions more quickly. You’re no longer constrained by Capex budget cycle, the rollout schedule and the maintenance required of the infrastructure itself. Sufficient care still needs to be given to the choices you make, how you maintain flexibility and commercial control
Our Managed Services are designed with your business’s unique infrastructure in mind. By working closely with you, our team of experts can deliver improved network quality, optimum performance and transparency, with a focus on security. Think of us as an extension of your own IT team!