Key Questions Business Leaders Should Consider When Preparing for the Hybrid World – Back End News
At the onset of the pandemic, business leaders quickly realized that the digital maturity of their IT infrastructure was a key indicator of business continuity success. The ability of companies to remotely manage infrastructure, tools and processes has become a business imperative.
As high-growth companies turn to hybrid working arrangements, employees aren’t the only ones moving away or staying outside of traditional population centers. Customers are migrating out of some major cities, forcing businesses to take advantage of the cloud to deliver applications and services directly to end users.
All of this creates an imperative for business leaders to assess their infrastructure portfolio to ensure they are ready to support the dramatically altered and shifting demands of the next normal workforce.
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“There are several questions business leaders should ask themselves when preparing for a hybrid world,” said Tony Kang, vice president of business, Secure Power, Schneider Electric Philippines. “Are your peripheral sites physically secure? Are you using cloud-based data center infrastructure management software to manage and monitor your data centers and edge sites? Have you assessed the energy efficiency of your new infrastructure? Can you remotely monitor data center sites to detect physical threats and address alarms? Can you increase support, resiliency, and reduce operating expenses by working with a partner to manage IT? “
As CIOs place big bets on a hybrid strategy, IT departments need to assess, manage and optimize the entire infrastructure portfolio, including the central data center, individual edge locations and their connectivity.
Schneider Electric offers discussion starters on how business leaders can begin to prepare for a hybrid world.
Securing peripheral sites. Kang notes that there are many factors to consider when physically securing edge sites. “Business leaders have multiple considerations, from location selection to staff authenticated access to the data center, which must be vigorously monitored and audited,” he said.
Using cloud-based data center infrastructure management software. Kang shares that using a cloud-based data center infrastructure makes it possible to manage and monitor data centers and edge sites. “Cloud technologies enable easy implementation, scalability, analysis and maintenance, as well as event information and prediction,” he said. “In addition, it can use mobile and web technologies and integrate with third-party platforms using open APIs. Other benefits include an optimized user experience to simplify management of distributed sites, as well as compliance tools to identify and eliminate risk.
Energy efficiency assessment. Sustainability is a key priority for the Philippine government, with scaling up green infrastructure crucial for the country to meet its climate commitments – and hyperscalers are taking note. “The hyperscaler segment of the industry is made up of the large global companies that offer cloud and network technologies at scale,” Kang explained. “They are reviewing the green energy market in the country, as well as the Philippines’ data privacy regulatory framework.”
Remote monitoring of data centers. Remote monitoring can increase resiliency and maintenance capabilities. “It’s not always possible for businesses to have staff at every edge processing station or data center,” Kang said. “These locations must always be monitored and maintained, despite their locations or possible staffing issues. Remote monitoring can help deal with physical threats and detect potential alarms.
Partnerships for improved support, resilience and efficiency. “It may be in a company’s best interest to leave energy management and asset optimization to the experts. Service provider partners such as Schneider Electric are equipped with specially designed solutions to keep the infrastructure running, so companies can focus on their core competencies, ”Kang explained.
These are all initial questions and directions for business leaders to consider as the Philippines evolves into a hybrid world. More than ever, businesses need to assess their existing IT infrastructure to ensure it meets the needs of the “next normal” in the workplace.