This shouldn’t surprise anyone following the changes in enterprise IT, but spending on traditional infrastructure hardware is falling, as enterprises turn to cloud. International Data Corporation (IDC) recently announced its latest Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, a report that draws on data from more than 100 countries. According to IDC, total spending on cloud infrastructure will jump by 18.9% this year. The amount spent on traditional hardware environments, on the other hand, will decline by 4%. This might not sound like much, but consider that the previous report from IDC predicted this total would drop by 1.6% in 2015. It’s falling fast.
Why the accelerating shift? From a storage standpoint, several reasons stand out. The logic of purchasing and maintaining expensive hardware to store rapidly expanding volumes of unstructured data just doesn’t hold – not when you can pay less to securely store that data in more advanced data centers with built-in redundancy. Cloud fear is fading, too, which contributes to adoption. Plus, the cloud has enabled new functionality such as secure global file sharing and mobile access. Storage has more to offer now, thanks to cloud.
New Opportunities for IT
There’s another significant factor as well. In IDC’s press release, Natalya Yezhkova, Research Director, Storage Systems, noted this driving force: “For the majority of corporate and public organizations, IT is not a core business but rather an enabler for their core businesses and operations. Expansion of cloud offerings creates new opportunities for these businesses to focus efforts on core competences while leveraging the flexibility of service-based IT.”
Freed to Focus
Or in simpler terms: Cloud storage has the potential to free up IT cycles, allowing IT to focus on projects that help drive the business. I hear this when I meet with our clients. Often they say that one of their favorite things about Nasuni is that they don’t have to think about storage anymore. They don’t have to worry about data protection. Or remote and mobile file access. Or performance at small offices. Nasuni moves storage-related concerns off their daily task list, freeing them to focus on more strategic initiatives.
Check out a few of our case studies to see how Nasuni has helped our clients shift away from the headaches and expense of traditional storage hardware.