For many years, best-of-breed and all-in-one IT strategies are alternating as the best fit for the company. Recently, a cloud strategy came to IT departments, like the public, private and/or hybrid strategy. All approaches have their benefits and risks. When choosing your strategy, think of the benefits and mitigate the risks, as well as how to deal with vendor dependencies (or even worse, ‘Vendor lock-in’).
It is impossible for a company to use an all-in-one strategy when choosing software, using one single vendor for all the company’s application is nearly impossible either. Defining backup and disaster recovery plans, dependencies of hardware are mitigated. When choosing cloud providers, they will take care of the IT processes, and backup and disaster recovery processes becomes even more comfortable. For on-premise software, we know the solid-state of the application and the code is available for reinstallation. The vendor dependency risks are deemed to be low. Keeping this in mind, we started using cloud providers. The (dependency) risks we knew are transferred to the cloud provider, problem solved?
Your company is responsible for the availability, confidentiality and integrity of their data, in the end, this responsibility cannot be transferred if you do not want to be entirely dependent on your provider. Data is often considered as one of the most critical assets of a company. Therefore, as the owner of the data, you do not want to be wholly dependent on one vendor. In the past (and still) we mitigate the risk of dependency of hardware by transferring the data using backup systems. It is crucial for you to move data to another vendor or yourself to minimize the reliance on a vendor.
A lot of new technologies meet nowadays; we use best-of-breed using multiple cloud providers or can use it at one provider and can even use it at one vendor. We want to use and analyze data to improve our companies’ processes and successes, ‘big data’, and we want to continue using this data for ‘AI’ and/or ‘RPA’. In a bid to address dependency risks, the hunger of data can be abused. Most importantly, make use of different vendors and clouds in this strategy. Since we just mentioned data should be transferred from the primary vendor that holds the data to another one, why not store all the data of all the vendors to the same system. When having all the data on the same system, copies of that database can be used for other facets like data analytics.
When you are willing to consolidate all data to a single system, it is essential to have enough throughputs from your providers to a single location. More and more providers are choosing to offer direct connectivity to data centers. Providers like Amazon, Google and Microsoft, offer those direct connections. Besides the throughput, the connection is secured.
Of course, having your data is nice when your company wants to mitigate the dependencies; a next step is investigating on the possibility to restore the data to a new system, as part of your disaster recovery strategy.
Datacenter.com can deliver private secure connections to several cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce. By mixing a public cloud and creating your private cloud at Datacenter.com you choose a hybrid cloud solution choosing for the benefits of both strategies.