Retail Therapy in the Cloud

Written by Eric Sanders

February 12, 2021

Part of our February 2021 Cloud Forecast

Say Goodbye to Swollen Air and Swampy Architectures Insight into 2021 IT spending predictions, as well as new services that might work to your benefit in a remote configuration.  

Despite the financial services industry weathering a digital tsunami, the winds of change are fleeting. Businesses across the board have to produce technical strategies that best fit their budgets, with a general worldwide IT spending reporting growth by 6.2% in 2021 alone. As issued by Gartnerthe trend is projected to total $3.9 trillion. CIOs are tasked with the balancing act of saving money and expanding their IT estates. The most riveting factor of cloud computing, optimization initiatives such as automated deployment run in the limelight as organizations continue to find loopholes to unwieldy chores. Current overarching theme for the tech roadmap in 2021: the remediation of dated core systems. Read more about the trends predicted to dominate the financial industry and cloud market this 2021. 

Speaking on the rare but bitter weather, we’ve seen light showers sprinkle the terrain the past few weeks, most of which can be attributed to the continued uncertainty and challenges of widespread stay-at-home restrictions. While sitting at an office desk with untamed hair and pajama pants sounds all enticing, the issue with companies adapting to our new normal is defective internet connections along with existing VPN and weak virtual desktop infrastructure taking the brunt of the force. Internet connectivity issues, bandwidth limitations, security concerns, and limitations in collaboration capabilities plagued the day-to-day experience. 

Luckily, some good news to come! As an AWS Advanced Partner, we offer AWS Direct Connect as a cloud service to provide a dedicated network connection from your premises to AWS. Are you working through a hostile environment with bandwidth-heavy workloads you wish to run on AWS? Contact us to see how integrating this simple and elastic solution can be a robust product to your future growth. With multiple virtual interfaces, you have the freedom to establish private connectivity to several VPCs while maintaining network isolation, eliminating the FUD around inconsistent network latency over the Internet while you work tirelessly from your couch. Using industry standard 802.1q VLANs, this devout service connection can be partitioned into multiple virtual interfaces. The versatility of Direct Connect allows you to use the same connection to access public resources such as objects stored in Amazon S3 using public IP address space, and private resources such as Amazon EC2 instances running within an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using private IP space while maintaining network separation between the public and private environments. Virtual interfaces can be reconfigured at any time to meet your changing needs. 

Last topic of interest we’ll cover: storage policies.  

Data cannot just be deleted, there are federal laws governing how it needs to be retained, stored and security measures needed. Periodically, reviews are implemented to ensure guidelines are enforced by security teams with each company that is set by external audit and control terms. With these storage lifecycle policies, you can either move to a lower-cost storage tier or automatically delete your data. In this day in age, hybrid cloud-ready storage platforms are essential for modern and legacy applications with operational consistency. With the availability of snapshots, users can search their data on low-cost object stores such as AWS S3 Glacier Deep Archive, Microsoft Azure Storage, and Google Cloud Storage. By surveying cold tier capabilities, companies utilizing searchable snapshots can cut architectural costs by up to 50% without compromising performance. An example of clear skies shadowing heavy rainfall, a customer we previously engaged with was able to eliminate tape storage by moving backups to S3 and S3 Glacier, saving 35% in the process, allocating more time towards the planning of future projects. To ensure reliable access to your mission-critical data through an optimized platform, see our Enterprise-storage-as-a-service (STaaS) webpage.  

Author: Eric Sanders, Managing Partner


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