Honestly, this isn’t a platitude: the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the need for workplaces to become rapidly digitised, resilient, and scalable.
The pandemic has changed the way we conduct business. This change, which will be so important in the future, has occurred faster than many organisations realise.
Whether it is because organisations wish to provide flexibility for staff and themselves, for cost benefits or for simple necessity, working from home and out of the office are both likely to become increasingly commonplace over the next few years.
As part of that new reality which we are all facing, businesses are now scrambling to offer online experiences for customers.
For many organisations, this is not an optional transformation but a necessary one to pivot their businesses into interacting with customers in new ways. This could be personal customer service over video, or using artificial intelligence or chatbots which learn from interactions to provide business intelligence, relevant information and more.
Achieving the above is difficult to get right with traditionally architected IT systems and networks, which are centralised and point-to-point.
In contrast, hybrid cloud solutions securely bring applications and data closer to customers and users.
The move from the core to edge computing can alleviate many of the problems which organisations face, including lower network routing performance and responsiveness as staff work remotely.
There are more benefits to be had by not moving data around any more than necessary.
There is a concept called 'data gravity', which is about taking large amounts of raw data in remote or live environments and moving it to the cloud to be processed.
You need the scalable computing power and storage of a hyperscale public cloud to analyse massive amounts of data but shifting it comes with hefty bandwidth charges.
It may even be impossible to transmit the data due to connectivity issues at the location, in a timely fashion, or at all.
With Azure Stack Hub, you can analyse the data at the point of origin. When that’s done, the final results can be transmitted to the public cloud.
Processing and analysing heavy amounts of data can provide large cost savings for customers who can avoid ingress and egress traffic charges for transmitting information to and from public clouds.
Ingress and egress charges add up. Our customers are already enjoying substantial cost savings with Azure Stack Hub.
This will be further emphasised as other developing technologies such as data-collecting Internet of Things (IoT) sensors become increasingly prevalent. There’s little sense in moving large amounts of time-sensitive IoT data over great distances for processing if instead the work can be done close to where the information is needed.
In fact, backbone networks (which interconnect various pieces of network to provide a path for information exchange between different networks) are presently being re-engineered to move data processing from centralised systems to the edge where users are.
The upcoming 5G mobile and fixed wireless technology upgrade is designed to provide location-aware edge computing that is networked securely with high-speed data links for that purpose.
Azure Stack Hub holds many opportunities to help organisations to adapt and grow in a changing and challenging environment, without sacrificing resilience and adding complexity.
The hybrid cloud is now
Read our guide to understand how Azure Stack Hub can help your business and realign your digital strategy.