Redefining the Role of On-Premises Data Centres in the Cloud Era
The cost-efficiency, scalability and ease of management that Cloud can offer has seen enterprises placing less priority on on-premise data centres. According to a study by IDG, 73% of organisations have at least one application, or a portion of their computing infrastructure, already in the Cloud. With enterprises turning to the Cloud rather than building their own data centres, the question many of them are asking is whether there is still a need for on-premise data centres.
If an enterprise wanted to scale up its data centre capacity, it would first have to rebuild its physical infrastructure. This would require large investment, manual planning as well as resources to execute the project which will usually take a long time. In today’s rapid landscape, businesses simply cannot afford the long waiting time and sit around while their competitors run circles around them.
The Cloud changes everything by making it easier to configure and manage an enterprise’s IT infrastructure. This has enabled them to move part of their IT infrastructure, and for some, all of their workloads to the Cloud. With a pay-as-you-go model, they can scale quickly to meet business needs when entering a new market and satisfy increase in demand. Enterprises can enjoy cost savings and freedom without managing on-premise infrastructure and hardware, and that allows them to focus on the business operations while freeing the IT team to focus on critical tasks rather than keeping the lights on.
There may be many benefits to running entire enterprise workloads in the Cloud, but businesses should not completely rule out on-premise facilities just yet. Unlike running their own data centre, the Cloud does not give businesses the same level of control over their backend infrastructure. This means accessing or making changes may be restricted to specific day and time, slowing down maintenance processes and in turn affect the overall speed of operations.
Security and control are top factors in opting for on-premise data centres. While the Cloud can greatly enhance business efficiency, it also brings the risk of exposing critical data and sensitive information. When data is kept on-site and can be secured and monitored effectively, it decreases the chance of data being infiltrated.
On-premise data centres and the Cloud present both positive and negative attributes, making it hard for enterprises to distinguish which infrastructure is the most suitable for their business.
Enter the Hybrid Cloud.
Hybrid Cloud is fast becoming the go-to approach for enterprise Cloud strategy, mixing the best attributes of on-premises, public and private Cloud. If manpower and cost are inherent issues, enterprises can consider housing their servers and hardware in a colocation facility instead of running their own data centre. Colocation offers the same security and control and at the same time, giving you better connectivity. This brings us the next hurdle which is the ability to connect all these infrastructures in a cohesive, orchestrated environment.
At Epsilon, we understand these complexities and the needs of businesses today. Our colocation facility offers best-in-class hosting environment as well as the power of choice for connectivity through our global network fabric, an interconnect ecosystem consisting Carriers, world-leading Cloud Service Providers (CSP) and major Internet Exchanges. You no longer have to worry about managing your own infrastructure or scaling your network globally.
Epsilon offers a full suite of connectivity solutions that address some of the biggest networking challenges facing businesses today. We make it easy to deploy hyper-scale global infrastructure while providing direct connections to the Cloud which includes Microsoft Azure, AWS, Alibaba Cloud, IBM Cloud and more. Our differentiator is how we deliver these services through an on-demand connectivity model. With our Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform Infiny, you can interconnect with over 220 global data centres and turn up multiple direct connections to CSPs.
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