Cloud backup technology has integrated IT with business in unprecedented ways today. IT has become a business partner and is no longer seen as a competitor for scarce resources as it shifts the accounting head from CAPEX to OPEX and frees large amounts of money for other kinds of investments by eliminating capital expenditure and IT employees, who would otherwise manage the data backup processes. Further, Cloud technology is seen to be impacting all aspects of the business and is acknowledged as the driver behind many business initiatives. This process of recognition, acceptance, and acknowledgement has lead to an integration of IT with business. It reflects the change that has swept across the business landscape and has determined the future direction of both business and IT.
A direct and visible construct of the change that has been brought about by Cloud computing is the establishment of cross-functional taskforces within the enterprise. These taskforces are entrusted with the job of integrating business policies with IT infrastructures. The taskforces work towards the establishment of necessary standards for business and computing. They define frameworks for Cloud backup and recovery related applications and ensure that these applications are consistent across business projects and locations. The designs for the projects are approved by the top management and implemented at granular levels by end users of the technology from their desktop, laptop or handheld device. This makes for vertical and horizontal integration of business and IT.
As a result, Cloud backup and recovery constructs enforce policy based standards for data life cycle management. Data management policy settings are tweaked to ensure that current data is retained and historical data is continuously archived and bled into less expensive storage medium for re-shipment to the enterprise. Data access, data shares and collaboration are centrally managed and usage tracking is “always on” to ensure greater data security and privacy.
The implementation of standards for IT and Cloud backup and recovery provides greater management control over the Cloud backup and recovery projects. Regimented and rigid approaches to computing are discarded in favor of flexible, scalable, highly available approaches that make the business more agile and organic. Alternate constructs to data delivery are supported and the enterprise acquires the ability to manage mobile and dispersed teams of workers clamoring for access to information from wherever they are in the world.
The changes mentioned above have not happened overnight. The buildup to Cloud computing has been gradual. But, an effective adoption of the Cloud has always been followed by rapid internal organizational changes that have resulted in a close integration of IT and business.