Digital transformation is no longer a technological consideration. It’s a business priority. Be it financial services, public sector or healthcare, organizations of all types must now embrace modern technologies to drive growth and innovation.
One of the key tenets of digital transformation is leveraging the power and flexibility of cloud technology for operational efficiencies, greater innovation, and more. The cloud can help build resiliency, optimize data usage, and create more secure computing systems—all at unlimited scale and distribution. Although investment in cloud infrastructure have increased by 2.3% In 2022, a possible recession threatens to disrupt the transition to the cloud. But the right investments in the cloud can reduce costs and increase revenue opportunities.
Build resilient systems
Cloud technology provides organizations with a wealth of resources to build resilient systems. However, cloud-based resiliency options depend on the services a workload is currently consuming. With traditional virtual machine-based workloads, the options depend on the hypervisor and the performance criteria of the VMs—shared vs. dedicated tenant resources. In the case of vSphere-based virtual environments, using platform-provisioned tenants from vSphere across the hyperscalers would provide operational simplicity as well as flexibility by using the same tools, processes, and management skills.
If you plan to use a different hypervisor as a VM host – from vSphere to Amazon Web Services’ EC2 – you need to make additional considerations, as the behavior of the hypervisor differs from one to the other (CPU co-scheduling, transparent memory sharing and DMA are all important considerations). For cloud-native approaches, serverless options use 12-factor methods that support concurrency through fast function instantiation with policy-coordinated delivery. Distribution of services across compute and storage resources is handled by the cloud service provider, allowing users to focus on feature development.
Whatever your system requirements, the cloud helps you build a robust platform designed to deliver the right services your business requires.
Data Driven Decisions
Cloud technology is a critical component of our hybrid work environments, as it helps simplify the distribution of data across application services, thereby making data usable. Uncovering important insights and making automated decisions requires processing exponentially large amounts of data – in total.
When applying analytical techniques, including modern artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, a cloud resource and storage capacity is required to process the amount of data required to achieve more precision for accuracy in forecasting, anomaly detection or other conclusions that are required for automated decision-making. Legacy data constructs cannot keep up with the demands of modern analytics processes, and most data modernization efforts are migrating to cloud services for the same reasons.
The final step in making better use of data assets is to modernize the visualization of informational insights gleaned from data, and then leverage front-end dashboard and portal access and user interface wireframes, often built with cloud services.
Strengthen zero trust
Ransomware attacks are on the rise, so organizations are investing in best-in-class security practices to protect themselves. At the top of that list is Zero Trust. Zero Trust is a framework that will improve your organization’s security posture, but it has its limitations. Moving to a zero-trust network architecture in the cloud can strengthen this approach and provide an additional layer of protection. To move to a zero-trust network architecture in the cloud, start with a change in prevention strategy.
This requires a fundamental shift from ensuring a 100 percent prevention strategy centered around the “internal network” to one that prioritizes rapid detection and isolation, with optimal response and 100 percent certainty of recoverability—all to protect one changing perimeter, which is now about the remote user.
It also requires the ability to process telemetry data across all IT services, including the cloud, in all its forms – infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and software as a service. This requires the integration of cloud application service brokers and cloud security posture management for integrated risk management.
Linking all of this through a cybersecurity services mesh that allows the maintenance of telemetry data that is correlated to the specific needs of the service is the best option. Secure services edge and platform integration to support endpoint detection and response policies are also critical.
To be competitive in today’s IT landscape, the cloud must be an integral part of your business. Cloud technology enhances your existing platforms, making it easier to navigate a potential market downturn and further improving business outcomes for your organization.
As companies prepare to close the hatches to a potential market downturn, now is not the time to rein in the cloud. In fact, it’s time to double down.
Robert Kim is Chief Technology Officer at digital services and solutions provider Presidio Inc. He wrote this article for SiliconANGLE.