Since the cloud’s inception, digital disruption has been accelerating at a rapid rate. In fact, more than 80% of companies use a multi-cloud strategy, usually in a hybrid model. On average, companies use an average of 4.8 clouds, causing a lot of hapless juggling in an attempt to provide critical services to the organisation.
Juggling all these services takes a lot of time, which we all know is in short supply across many IT departments. Plus, in addition to this, they rely heavily on a certain level of connectivity services to function at an optimal level. Until now, organisations have essentially been managing this conundrum either one of two ways;
- By accepting that time away from actioning business outcomes is a necessity, diverting some resources into managing the growing number of cloud providers and making the most of the skilled workforce that remains.
- Or, by shoehorning the business into cloud services that offer an imperfect fit, in an attempt to reduce time spent managing providers and minimising visibility problems.
Now, it’s safe to say that neither option is ideal, but there’s an integral component in all of this that often gets pushed to the side, or considered as an afterthought – connectivity. Judging from what we see, organisations traditionally choose to renew their 12, 24, or 36-month ISP contracts without appropriately considering their options, and how the connectivity component impacts the current and future success of their digital transformation.
In the digital age technology proliferates, and the rate of this proliferation will continue to grow exponentially. So, when evaluating your network connectivity, it’s imperative that you not only address your current needs, but also lay the foundation for potential requirements in 2-3 years’ time, and future proof yourself. The complexity of your environment will increase, as will demand, so you need a network that is scalable and can act as a bridge to your organisation’s digital future.
Organisations need to look at connectivity as the underlying component that facilitates digital transformation. For example, hybrid environments that have business critical and backup data sets in multiple locations require a robust network connection to function optimally. In the same vein, to successfully deliver services via SaaS applications and web browsers, the ability to optimise particular workloads and reduce latency is imperative.
We understand that for many organisations, managing IT requirements means dealing with a number of different vendors, which often leads to disjointed systems. And being able to easily take care of your network by simply renewing what you’ve been using for a decade eliminates one more headache. But this stop-gap solution presents a number of challenges without addressing the future success of your digital strategy.
At Somerville, we recommend to our customers that they consider an aggregated network that is robust, and scalable with direct links to the cloud services they wish to use.
The Somerville Connectivity Gateway offers entry to end-to-end cloud and hybrid IT services that cover the entire spectrum of an organisation’s connectivity needs, from a single virtual access point.
Once connected to the Somerville Gateway, our team recommend and implement a mix of connectivity and cloud services based on the customer’s specific requirements. It’s a digital transformation solution built from the bottom-up; First and foremost, you address the underlying connectivity by implementing an aggregated network that is scalable. From there you can adopt a step by step approach to transformation, depending on your budget, requirements and desired outcomes.
For example, an organisation might wish to start with solidifying business continuity, so a Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) model is adopted. Six months later budget is allocated to hand over infrastructure management to free up the internal IT team’s time, so an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model is added to the agreement.
In short, regardless of whether an organisation’s digital needs lie in hybrid cloud services, private cloud services, hosting, storage, backup or something else, it’s essential to first address the connectivity component. And with IT changing constantly, knowledge is imperative, so having a partner that lives IT full time and provides holistic services is invaluable.