In IT, as in life, things go full circle. People felt their traditional on-premises server-based data centres were restricting the flexibility required by the demands of modern business. But nothing stands still, and the current day modern Intel on-premises servers enable companies to deliver capabilities and flexibility on par and sometimes in advance of public clouds. These servers can integrate and automate processes, and also work as fast and as secure as a public cloud.
Public cloud allows agility which for the longest time was something not available with traditional server infrastructure. That is changing now. Modern servers can, in fact, be just as agile as using a public cloud. Research has shown that organisations operating modern server environments are able to deliver the flexibility and cost savings that have been associated with third-party public cloud alternatives.
With a rapidly growing digital industry and business, organisations flocked to using public cloud service because in the early days of cloud, on-premises environments just could not keep the pace with the scalability and flexibility that public cloud promised. Today that has gone full circle. Public cloud certainly has a place in the modern data centre, but it will and should coexist with a core of modern on-premises infrastructure.
This is also great news where security is concerned. When it comes to using public clouds, the concept of “shared responsibility” for security may be acceptable for some applications, but for those that require extra layers of security, having a flexible architecture built on Intel-based modern server technology provides the best of both worlds. Private clouds can now be built on modern server technology that does meet the needs of modern business, while your own IT department can retain total responsibility for security and sovereignty of business-critical data.
The bottom line is, while public cloud has led the way in agility and continues to be a great choice for many applications, not all applications perform best in a public cloud environment, and not all application data can be moved from on-premises for security reasons. The good news is that by using modern server architecture, companies can now ensure their on-premises IT core delivers the same flexibility that is expected from cloud infrastructures.
For organisations that need total control of their systems and storage, implementing modern server technology will mean that they can implement a multicloud and hybrid cloud strategy where they retain control over where their applications and data reside.
The payoff comes when you are looking at costs. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is also being driven down by modern server technology. In short, building on-premises infrastructure based on the most modern Intel server architectures will mean that companies can expect the TCO of their on-site infrastructure to be comparable or better than public cloud over the lifetime of an application. Fujitsu offers modern Intel servers that can deliver the agility you need.
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