Management is all about evaluating alternate scenario and picking up the right solution that meets the need and pushes the organization towards achieving its vision, mission, objectives and goals. Data management is ultimately—management.
Data management poses significant challenges to CIOs, around provisioning for peak demand, resources utilization, capacity planning, storage management, system upgrades, software and hardware licensing. The evaluation of managerial success will be across dimensions, such as: scalability, elasticity, fault tolerance, consistency, and self management of the systems that are ultimately provisioned. Of course, cost efficiency will have a large role to play in the ultimate decision making exercise.
What began as a backup utility service in the cloud has been transformed into an alternate computing option for the enterprise. Cloud backup and recovery companies have been aggressively creating IT infrastructures, platform and software services in the cloud and have been promising to deliver optimum functionality with efficient cost savings. Forward thinking CIOs experimented with cloud backup and found that they were riding a new wave in data management that had the potential to transform organization design and make IT provisioning simpler, easier to deploy and a joy to manage. Cloud backup made data ubiquitous, accessible and highly available. The IT systems were scalable, elastic, consistent with built in fault tolerance and self management features that they had dreamed of but never expected to enjoy.
The truth is, cloud backup architectures are optimized and constructed with deep domain knowledge and a complete understanding of customer needs. Server consolidation through virtualization was the key. The direction of effort was to reduce deployment times, up performance, reduce floor space, power and labor consumption, and minimize cost per workload.
IT managers, purchasing computing power in the cloud are purchasing pre-built, well-integrated packages. There are none of the headaches associated with purchasing compatible hardware or software or dealing with multiple entities. The problem will just cease to exist as hardware/software deployment is abstracted to the cloud backup service vendor and the IT manager has only to grapple with purchasing the right features from the “utility” offerings available in the cloud backup service market. Compliance and disaster recovery rollback processes on the network are a given.
CIOs need no longer remain technical appendages to the business. They can strategize with the best in the management while getting the cloud backup service providers to do any day to day “grunt” work for the organization, while using their time more profitably and effectively in the service of the organization. They can don the mantle of business leadership and redefine the way they integrate with the business.