One of the top challenges for CIOs continues to be disaster preparedness -- ensuring that the organization has consolidated its systems with a reliable backup plan, to be ready if and when disaster strikes.
While the number one priority of any disaster plan is to ensure the safety of your staff and others, the next priority is to ensure the safety of the business itself. Securing your data during the disaster and ensuring business continuity is key.
According to Hewlett-Packard research, organizations have been adding data-center equipment to keep pace with business growth for the past two decades. These additions, in turn, have created costly technology silos that consume up to 70 percent of the IT budget. What's more, solving the issue of IT sprawl is expected to create a $35 billion market opportunity by 2012 for converged infrastructure solutions.
With this in mind, Magdy Assem, senior director of HP Enterprise Business solutions, believes that 2010 will be the year for promising technologies that create a converged infrastructure -- solutions that unify computing , storage and network assets and allow customers to make the most efficient use of technology resources.
"A converged infrastructure consolidates technology assets into pools of resources, which can be leveraged on the fly, managed universally, and optimized for any workload," Assem said. In addition, a converged infrastructure, can be critical for recovery after a disaster. Working with a unified system and converged infrastructure simplify data backup and recovery, when needed.
Securing the Cloud
Cloud computing removes typical barriers by placing data in a central, easily accessible location, as more organizations store sensitive data with third-party cloud service providers. While this is instrumental in creating new connections, it also means relinquishing control -- the location of data can vary and data management may be more challenging.
In fact, according to a recent IDC report, security remains the top concern with regards to cloud adoption. In 2010, Assem predicts enterprises will be looking to take advantage of SaaS (software as a service) solutions with a higher degree of confidence in the security -- as well as the health and availability -- of applications running in the cloud. (continued...)