Businesses are overwhelmed with the options that they have for their technology stack with many vendors promising to deliver efficiencies and optimisations.
For decades, SaaS has been the mother lode of enterprise software investing. But now, the industry is reaching a tipping point. Businesses are realising they’ve overshot the mark on SaaS investing, producing application sprawl and decentralised data as a result.
Lacking a whole-of-business insight also leads to reduced accountability for disaster recovery or security breaches, with only one in three organisations believing the protection of their data in the cloud is their own responsibility. This is something to be concerned about, particularly as we enter a new decade of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks and an ever-expanding threat perimeter.
With this in mind, we predict 2020 will be the year that hybrid IT and networking takes over as the dominant technology structure for businesses.
A hybrid model is a more efficient and secure framework for most organisations. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Greater control of data sovereignty
Solely relying on public cloud platforms to protect and own data is risky.
If everything is running smoothly, there won’t be a problem. But when something goes wrong, or data needs to be relocated or re-assigned, things can quickly become complicated. Unlike ‘cloud-only’, hybrid models allow for more autonomy and control over the storage and accessibility of data. Brennan IT can help you achieve this through a centralised point of control to ensure robust back-up and disaster recovery plans are in place.
2. Contingencies for disaster recovery
Mitigating risk with a data backup is crucial, but without a certain level of accountability and visibility over who’s responsible for the data, where it sits, and how it’s recovered, not preparing for disaster can be a disaster in of itself. This is particularly relevant for Australian organisations, since only one-third have the capabilities to respond to a cyber-attack, according to BDO and AustCERT.
Brennan IT can support you in backing up your SaaS platform data centrally through a hybrid model, significantly reducing the impact of an attack, and fostering an efficient disaster recovery process. This also removes any added complications that come with SaaS sprawl, where your company’s data would typically live across hundreds of organisations across potentially thousands of servers globally.
3. Eliminating unnecessary sprawl (and cost)
Brennan IT can help your organisation remedy the sprawl associated with SaaS and public cloud-first models with a hybrid IT model. It will give the organisation greater control over its choices between public or private cloud, or a combination of both, and enables better flexibility in application delivery. Cloud isn’t always cheaper, in fact today, rarely is this the case.
Hybrid IT models are often the best solution because they give you options when buying software, how and when you update it, where your data is hosted, and controlling backups. It supports different technologies, models, and workloads; enabling you to maximise your existing technology investments, reduce expenditure now and in the future, increase resiliency and flexibility, as well as add-in adequate security measures.
All IT professionals should feel empowered to start planning for their future IT environment without being bullied down the easy route of adopting a cloud-only strategy.
If you want to take action and re-calibrate your IT infrastructure in a way that reverse engineers your customer experience issues and puts your IT team back in the driver seat, get in touch with Brennan IT today.