Enterprise Data Management And The Cloud – A Primer For 2017

By Lance Shaw

Today your enterprise data management strategy naturally includes the cloud. Crafting a cloud strategy was the first essential exercise for any digital enterprise, but fine-tuning and adjusting the cloud strategy – and the enterprise data management strategy – is an ongoing exercise.

The era of extraordinary hype about the cloud is officially over. So does that mean we can all just relax, safe in the comfort of the knowledge that there is nothing more to learn about the cloud and how we can use it? Far from it.

4 Key Cloud Computing Discussions for 2017

Cloud computing continues to gain investment as new ways to extract business value from corporate data emerge and new efficiency opportunities are exposed. But how should you exploit cloud computing in 2017 and beyond?

Gartner Research® has recently published their “Cloud Computing Primer for 2017,” designed to help you with four key areas:

  • Understanding cloud trends and identifying opportunities
  • Defining and building a cloud strategy to meet enterprise needs
  • Consuming, providing and brokering cloud services
  • Identifying and leveraging the disruptive nature of cloud computing

Each of these areas is a focus for conversation in itself but one thing is clear: cloud infrastructure, regardless of provider, demands the same level of cost, risk and efficiency assessment that would be applied to any other part of your infrastructure. Managing data in the cloud is part of that discussion, and an extension of your cloud computing strategy.

Enterprise Data Management and Cloud Computing in 2017

For many enterprises, the opportunity for cost savings was a key driver for cloud, but all too often costs increased as unmanaged cloud use increased. You may see applications moved to the cloud outside of IT knowledge, the use of multiple clouds, and inconsistent cloud computing policies, which result in cloud fragmentation. As data spreads across more locations, the opportunities for risk, governance challenges and protection headaches naturally increase. An enterprise data management strategy that includes cloud is critical.

As Gartner® points out, there are many ways to leverage cloud computing. The challenges lie in exploiting the cloud to maximum business advantage while also managing your enterprise data. Successful enterprise data management includes standardizing protection and access policies, flexibility of data movement across the various flavors of cloud and delivering data in the most efficient way possible to every aspect of your business.

Learn more about how Commvault plays an essential role in simplifying your cloud data management strategy.