We live in a mobile-first and Cloud-first world, with more mobile internet-connected devices than people. We are moving from a time of scarce computing power to an era where computing power is almost unlimited. With that unlimited power comes big quantities of data, which brings about its own set of challenges. One of the big challenges facing IT organisations today is the explosion of demand for storage, which results in both rising costs and increasing management challenges. The situation demands continuous, automated data and storage management that frees the IT team from time-consuming and error-prone tasks. For most organisations, supporting the exploding demand for storage with high cost traditional storage solutions just isn’t realistic. The result is that the data assets of the business cannot be leveraged the way business leaders want them to be.
IT organisations need new power tools to manage storage and data affordably in an environment of unyielding data growth. The good news is that this is another place where Cloud computing is changing the game. As customers begin the move to Cloud, storage is often the place they start, because the agility and cost benefits are clear. According to ACCA’s Cloud Readiness Index 2014, Malaysia is 8th (out of 14 countries) in Cloud readiness, and with the Malaysian government’s recent efforts to develop the country’s data management policies such as its Personal Data Protection Act as well as Open Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data Analytics pilots, Malaysia is preparing to be one of the most cloud-friendly markets in Asia Pacific.
Amidst this positive backdrop, we’ve brought technological innovations in storage and Cloud computing. Companies like Syarikat Takaful Malaysia and KPJ Healthcare Berhad have leveraged our expertise in these areas to improve response time, increase business agility and provide better value for money to its customers. Another option for managing rapid data growth is the hybrid cloud approach, which allows organisations the flexibility to manage data, the agility to scale, and the assurance of data security, all at a cost-efficient price. Microsoft’s hybrid Cloud-integrated storage systems are deployed in on-premise datacentres, for low-impact incremental capacity expansion and for automated off-site data protection, with highly-efficient disaster recovery (DR) that completes quickly and provides fast DR testing.
Cloud computing, particularly Hybrid, will continue to be an important technology in 2015 as more businesses migrate from traditional forms of storage to more innovative Cloud based ones, with scalability, security and cost-efficiency in mind. We’ve already seen steady adoption in Cloud computing this year. More and more businesses will have to be agile to understand the changes that come in a mobile-first, Cloud-first world. Hybrid Cloud storage, as a foundation for this change, will have an important role to play.
About Dr. Dzaharudin Mansor
Dr. Dzaharudin Mansor is the National Technology Officer (“NTO”) for Microsoft Malaysia. With more than 30 years of professional experience in ICT and telecommunications, Dzahar, in his current role as the NTO, drives the engagement with key stakeholders on policy formation, which includes academics, policy makers & advisors, and interest groups with the intention to build trust for future engagement.