While discussions on the possibilities and practicalities of digital transformation have become regular features in the boardroom, the role of the data centre has often been neglected. The data centre however, could well be the key to enabling transformation strategies to flourish, providing a catalyst for change.
The Cloud Industry Forum’s (CIF) latest research indicates that digital transformation is becoming a growing talking point for the UK’s business decision-makers. Of the 250 senior IT and business decision-makers polled, 71 per cent either already have a strategy in place or are in the process of implementing one. One of the chief beneficiaries of this change will undoubtedly be cloud computing providers – according to Alex Hilton, CEO of CIF, cloud computing and digital disruption go “hand-in-hand”. This claim is further supported from the research as those organisations that have already implemented a digital transformation strategy, 79 per cent say that the cloud is an important part of this process.
It is easy to see why cloud services are so important to the digital transformation agenda. At its essence, cloud computing has allowed organisations to break down the traditional barriers often associated with IT management by offering access to unlimited computing resources without the need for significant Capex expenditure. Because of this, businesses are now free to adapt to market changes quicker and take more risks, safe in the knowledge that they are no longer bound by fixed IT constraints.
The research however, also indicates that many decision-makers harbour doubts about their capacity to guard their data throughout the process of migrating to the cloud. 75 per cent of respondents referenced that they were concerned about data security and 56 per cent are concerned about data privacy. This is not entirely surprising as the concept of digital transformation is still fairly new, and many decision-makers are still getting accustomed to the complexities of cloud computing – not to mention a raft of technological advances such as big data, high performance computing (HPC) and virtual reality. Data centres ultimately act as the glue that binds cloud computing to the new digital disruption, enabling companies to embark on large-scale migrations with confidence.