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Creating a hybrid cloud project for your business

The sheer volume of variables facing businesses when they take stock of their IT and technology structures mean it's hard to predict the next big step.

While savvy entrepreneurs and business leaders often feel reasonably well educated about their current status when it comes to issues around technology, getting them to share ideas about what they believe they may need for a more successful and streamlined future is less clear - and that makes sense. 

After all, there are many variables - from size of business, type of business and scope of business goals - to take into consideration.

Rapid evolutions lead to unpredictability

As part of Cisco Live week, the Telstra and Cisco Alliance team hosted an event focused on how to create a hybrid cloud strategy. Rodd Jefferson, General Manager for Hybrid Platforms NSW / ACT at Telstra said that because technology evolves so rapidly, knowing what might be available in the future is something the average business owner can’t predict with confidence.

To dig deeper into the topic of creating a hybrid cloud strategy in today’s environment, our customers at the event were invited to share their own personal experiences of issues they faced.

Addressing real issues that surround hybrid cloud

In an unpredictable and rapidly evolving environment, it pays to get back to basics and understanding that hybrid cloud starts with some very simple questions:

  • What have I got?
  • Where do I put it?
  • How do I work out how much it costs?
  • How do I continue to sync what I already have within the hybrid cloud?

According to Cisco’s Joe Onisick, tackling the first question is a critical first step to achieving hybrid cloud integration success in any business.

Start with the basics - know what you’ve got

There is a very clear reason why clients need to have a better understanding of the applications they have. On this point, Onisick is clear: “The ability to know what we have now is key to making intelligent decisions about what to do in the future,” he says.

Without the knowledge of the capabilities of your system, making strategic decisions about what investment you need to make in relations to security measures and other aspects of IT operations, is more complicated - and potentially costly.

Optimising workloads in the cloud

From the perspective of both Onisick and Jeremy Foster, Director Global Sales, Unified Computing Systems – Cisco, enhancements to workload optimisation are pivotal to the sustainable success of any smart business.

With an increasing number of workloads that should run in the cloud, there is still plenty of scope for most Australian businesses to be bolder about combining the best aspects of ‘old ways’ with the improved security and efficiency of the ‘new ways’ that technology continues to unlock.

Moving workloads to the cloud environment may not always seem straightforward but, with the right support and guidance, it can be transformational and something that can be easily handled by experts who have a genuinely in-depth understanding of your business needs.

Selling simple solutions that solve just one problem is the sales technique of the past, says Telstra’s Rodd Jefferson.

“We need to focus more on delivering holistic solutions,” he says.

As the specialists from Cisco reiterated, the new digital age is turning traditional business models on their heads, with many IT environments struggling to match the pace of change in the modern enterprise.

To counter that - and stay ahead of their competitors - IT departments must adapt to constantly changing applications, user expectations and data locations by selecting and implementing the best data centre and hybrid cloud strategies. Saying that sustainable digital success depends on it is not about fear-mongering, but simply fact.

It’s time to evolve

With a range of hybrid platform solutions available, it’s important to consider the evolution required by your business in order to adopt a hyper-converged infrastructure - and to do further research into the key products on offer, such as Cisco HyperFlex, in order to find the one that suits your business vision best.   

The business leaders of tomorrow have one clear advantage - they truly are standing on the shoulders of giants, when it comes to being able to benefit from lessons learned in the past and the incredible advances in technology that are now available to propel businesses to new heights.

With so much potential for local business owners to utilise technology to grow in new ways, understanding how implementing a hybrid cloud project can have a lasting impact. 

To find out more about how Telstra and Cisco can solve real problems for your business, please speak to your Telstra Account Executive.

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