IT Resilience Ensures the Continuity of Business
IT resilience is a set of goals that allows business to speed up the digital transformation by adapting to change while protecting business from the effects of disaster. IT resilience can save your business too by building an “always-on business” and deliver excellent customer experience to clients.
Digital transformation, when applied to business models, becomes digital disruption. The result could be as spectacular as applying new technology to an old business model to create an entirely new business model. Let us look at these popular examples:
Taxi's - Uber or Grab
Bed and breakfasts - AirBnB
Long distance phone calls - Skype
Movie rental stores- Netflix
Some companies might never recover from a major outage or exponential data loss due to an unexpected incident. And those businesses that do recover might never be able to recover the opportunity cost of handling the disaster instead of utilizing the funds to make further development.
IT resilience consists of a framework for avoiding errors, mitigating risks, and remediating failures of information technology systems, and increasing availability during planned or unplanned outages and migrations.
These are the 3 main components of a robust IT resilience framework:
Provide Continuous Availability
All businesses mobilize their processes with the use of technology. Technology form a vital part of business as customers expect fast and continuous flow of products and services.
With the rising demand of the 24/7 always-on availability of business, unplanned outages negatively affect the reputation of a company. Usually, a real major financial impact comes after. It is important that to be able to survive this modern world of technology, businesses should be able to mitigate extended outages as they happen, repel the effects of ransomware attacks, and reverse the effects of human error.
Enable Workload Mobility
The rate of change in technology is exponential, especially in these recent years. It is a necessary but painful process to move out of the old technology in favor of the new. Most IT professionals faced great challenges in major migration project of their data center that comes with IT infrastructure upgrades.
More and more businesses are recognizing the flexibility and availability of migrating to the cloud.
Replicating workloads from on-premises to the cloud makes the process simpler and faster.
Merger and acquisition of companies also often happens in a business environment. The process of collapsing and decommissioning unneeded systems and the data centers are quite complex but return it should gain financial benefits and even beyond increased utilization. Through data center consolidation, we will recognize the significant reduction in operating costs, hardware maintenance, support contracts, software licensing.
With the flexibility of cloud, IT professionals can clone the latest copy of production to a storage area in the cloud where it will not affect the production users, they apply changes to that copy and observe the changes in order to patch it in during the off-peak hours. Such practice brings out the workload mobility thereby increasing IT resilience.
Cloud adoption is more than just saving money for the company. Its main goal is accelerating business growth, which focused mainly on reducing time to value of new IT initiatives and providing business value.
Migrating applications can be hard, especially those companies who are already used to their legacy systems. Migrating workloads between clouds takes the process in a whole new level. Moving forward, companies will not only adopt just one cloud, but multiple clouds (public, private and hybrid), to increase flexibility, optimize for performance and cost, and prevent vendor lock-in.
IT resilience in the modern day is a “holistic approach to ensuring the systems that are becoming more and more critical to the business are always available and protected from outages, both planned and unplanned.” Backup and Disaster Recovery are just the initial stages of the IT resilience framework.
As businesses depend more and more on their IT systems to carry out their values, companies become very adaptive to change because loss of data or outages can mean huge financial loss and tremendous damage to their brand's reputation.
Before your company embark on the digital transformation journey, Cloudvela is here to help you achieve your goals faster. Through IT resilience, Cloudvela helps customers by eliminating the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption.
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