IT resilience is central to a successful digital transformation
- Published: Thursday, 18 April 2019 07:34
Steve Blow explains that while businesses must remain consistently focussed on digital transformation in order to not fall to the back of the pack, digital transformation efforts could be futile if businesses don’t address and improve their IT resilience.
The market as we know it has been changing dramatically over the last decade, with each digital development outpacing the other at every turn in the track. Companies that are too stuck in their ways are being overtaken by contemporary companies, unencumbered by legacy and real estate, which are in line with the latest developments in IT.
This said, almost every single business must remain consistently focussed on digital transformation in order to keep up with developments; taking on new digital initiatives to drive efficiencies, create new experiences, and ultimately, beat the competition. According to recent research (1), 90 percent of businesses see data protection as important or critical for digital transformation projects. However, the same research revealed that the proper technological provisions are not yet in place, in order for these same businesses, striving to achieve digital transformation, to deliver on demands of data protection assurance.
It has become increasingly clear that having the right foundations early on in any digital journey is a critical factor in the success of transformation initiatives. So, building data protection within a robustly resilient IT infrastructure will be of paramount importance for businesses. Not only will this be critical for businesses to succeed day-to-day, but also to ensure complete transformation, modernization and cohesion. From my experience, there are three recommendations that could be key to help businesses achieve this:
A clear IT resilience plan
First, the company needs a clear plan of action. No plan works if everyone is coming at it from a different angle. Therefore, every decision maker within the company needs to ensure they are fully aligned with the business on the expectations for IT resilience. This IT resilience plan has to include how regularly data needs to be backed up, as well as how quickly systems can be restored when something goes wrong. Backing up cannot be an afterthought. Afterall, what is the point in having digital transformation plans that focus on the utilization of valuable data if you could lose it all in seconds without the right strategy in place?
Streamline your technology
Second, they must look carefully for the right technology. In my experience, merely throwing money at a situation by purchasing more and more products to fix issues only creates chaos. Not only that, but it exposes vulnerabilities in the business, that leave it open to malicious attacks and disruptions. There is a better way forward. I would advise IT teams to begin to streamline their technology portfolio, seeking a converged solution that has the capabilities to manage their entire IT resilience operation – with the added benefits of this centralized viewpoint including improved cloud mobility, backup and disaster recovery.
Test, test, test
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, businesses need to properly test their kit. Running a full failover test will provide enterprises with the peace of mind that they can fully recover valuable data when necessary, ensuring that all of their plans for digital transformation are not quashed by increasingly sophisticated cyber-criminals. Plus, testing all of the IT works the way it should ensures that businesses can freely move application and data workloads within just seconds of an event taking place, without worrying about losing a single drop of data.
There is no doubt that digital transformation is happening, and has been for some time now. Due to the rate at which the market is deploying these initiatives, there is a lot of pressure on IT organizations to drive it forward and provide the right tools for the demand. Businesses will need to work with trusted partners that can help them reach the peak of their digital transformation journey, and can ensure a strong foundation of IT resilience. Ultimately, all of these elements work together to allow businesses to seamlessly adapt with new technologies.
With the right technology for IT resilience in place, businesses can drive their much needed digital transformation efforts forward, safe in the reassurance that the risk of downtime is mitigated, with an always-on business that will maintain superior customer experience in any eventuality.
Steve Blow is tech evangelist at Zerto.
(1) The State of IT Resilience by Phil Goodwin Andrew Smith, IDC: