Solving the branch IT challenge is fundamental to the business success of distributed organizations, who need advanced, coordinated IT capability across all sites, no matter how remote or how small. But, as always, this must be achieved without putting further strain on already overstretched IT budgets and central It departments.
There are many drivers leading organizations to reassess their remote site IT strategy. These include spiralling remote site support costs, new requirements for advanced branch customer engagement applications, increased local data storage needs, data heavy applications that can’t operate reliable over the network, consolidation of network functions for increased security and control, or plans to implement an Internet of Things strategy in the near future.
These examples - and many more like them - share a common requirement for advanced local functionality, integrated across distributed organizations, without local IT skills to commission, manage or support them. This can lead to inertia within an organization with new and innovative processes, business models, or customer engagement strategies not being adopted because of the difficulties of making them work at the local level.
Many organizations have addressed these challenges by operating a cloud-first strategy, which affords many benefits, including a reduced emphasis on infrastructure and a greater focus on application and business process. However, a cloud-first strategy is not a cloud-only strategy. Many of the new and innovative applications (as well as most legacy ones) require IT infrastructure on the remote site. Consequently, although the public cloud has a significant role to play in branch IT, it does not support some of the most demanding business requirements of the distributed organization.
Now, Cloud Managed Servers open up new opportunities for effective, cost-efficient and high functionality remote site IT, embracing the best of the cloud and local IT without complexity. They combine two interconnected developments - hybrid cloud and hyper-convergence - allowing us to redefine servers in a way that meets the needs of advanced local IT capability without the need for advanced local IT skills. With Cloud Managed Servers, organizations can obtain their own flexible managed cloud on premise without compromise, delivering packaged IT functionality, which can be run on any site regardless of local IT support skills or the resilience of local network connectivity.
Cloud Managed Servers are the ideal solution to the needs of the remote site, in as much as they allow a flexible IT strategy with applications being placed where they deliver the most benefit.
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