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February 28, 2024

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Modernizing Your Infrastructure Will Propel Your Business Forward

Legacy architecture will pose a significant challenge for organizations looking to stay competitive in the modern digital age. Modernizing your infrastructure can help you keep up with explosive data growth.

In the dynamic landscape of today’s business world, the reliance on legacy enterprise IT infrastructure poses a formidable challenge for organizations striving to stay ahead of competitors.

Many businesses find themselves tethered to outdated systems and technologies that struggle to meet the demands of the modern digital era, and this is particularly true when it comes to legacy storage architectures.

Legacy storage architectures are composed of numerous disparate platforms, spanning many generations of technology. This platform fragmentation impedes agility and contributes to inefficiencies within your organization, leading to environments that are slow, unreliable and prone to errors. In turn, this affects the quality and speed of service delivery, making it difficult to quickly adapt to changing demands and new opportunities.

Due to the inherent lack of integration, these fragmented platforms create silos of data. This Isolated data necessitates the need for multiple copies, leading to redundancy that hampers data accessibility and drastically increases the difficulty of managing and gaining business insights from valuable information.

The Explosive Growth of Data

The relentless growth and sprawl of data presents yet another formidable challenge. A staggering 175 zettabytes of data will exist worldwide by 2025, much of which is no longer confined to traditional data centers, due to the emergence of edge computing, multi-cloud environments and Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms.

However, the evolving nature of data demands more than just letting it “sit there”; it necessitates efficient and seamless data interoperability. Business intelligence (BI) relies heavily on the ability to access and leverage this distributed information effectively.

This explosive and unpredictable growth of data means that the conventional approach of “sizing for five years” doesn’t cut it anymore. We must not just plan for growth, we must plan for “what’s next.”

Now, more than ever, infrastructure modernization is the catalyst for organizational growth and agility and is critical to achieving ever evolving business outcomes.

Why Modernization Will Futureproof Your Organization

Beyond the looming issues of platform fragmentation and data sprawl, there are many benefits to modernizing your infrastructure:

  • Reduced cost and increased efficiency: Consolidating and automating legacy storage platforms can reduce costs by eliminating overprovisioning, simplifying management and optimizing resource utilization. It also improves agility by enabling rapid provisioning, scaling and migration of data and applications, as well as supporting hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

  • Managing emerging workloads: AI workloads, such as machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision, will require different data characteristics and storage performance. Blockchain, robotics and IoT workloads will generate large amounts of data that need to be stored, processed and analyzed in real time, requiring high availability, reliability and security.

  • Heightened security: The growing number of data breaches and ransomware attacks will demand more robust and resilient data protection, detection and recovery capabilities. In addition, the shift to hybrid and multi-cloud environments will increase the complexity of data storage and management, requiring more visibility, control and optimization of data resources across different platforms.

  • Sustainability: The rapid growth of unstructured data is often difficult to understand, manage and delete, leading to unnecessary storage and energy consumption. Organizations should seek to adopt solutions that can provide a comprehensive and updated view of their data across all locations and platforms.

  • Application rationalization: Applications are the business drivers for your organization. You need to determine which applications should be kept, replaced, retired or consolidated. That involves assessing the business value and technical fit of each application, calculating the total cost of ownership and deciding the best placement for each application.

Begin Your Modernization Journey Today

Modernizing your infrastructure is a huge step forward in futureproofing your organization for years to come, but it’s important to avoid modernization for the sake of modernization.

You need a partner who will take the time to understand your unique growth opportunities and challenges. Our hybrid infrastructure experts have experience in designing world-class programs and orchestrating new technology for our customers.

When you implement an infrastructure modernization solution effectively, your organization will be able to streamline processes, automate tasks, optimize resources and integrate legacy architecture, creating a system that can support your current and future goals.