storage modernization illustrationMore data, more clouds

You’ve probably noticed that conversations about the cloud have evolved in recent years from simply referencing “the cloud” to focusing on multi-cloud capabilities. The conversation is no longer about where you can use the cloud; it’s about where you can use the cloud to better augment the applications and services you need to deliver to your customers.

The volume of data that organizations are collecting is growing exponentially as more users, their devices and devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) come online. IoT sensors generate enormous volumes of data that need to be managed, monitored, stored and analyzed. According to Cisco, 500 billion devices are expected to be connected to the IoT within the next 10 years, and many applications still based on legacy code and implementation methods are not designed to be cloud-native. With those numbers growing every year, it’s essential for every business to adopt a forward-looking storage modernization strategy.

“500 billion devices are expected to be connected to the IoT within the next 10 years.”

Internet of Things At-a-Glance, Cisco

Three steps toward a better modernization strategy 

When developing a storage infrastructure modernization strategy, you should start with these three steps:

  1. Better align yourself to your business. Try to be less reactive. It’s easy to get caught up in the minutiae of day-to-day work that prevents you from being able to step back and evaluate the operations within your organization. Take a hard look at what your business is trying to achieve and focus on what you can do to help it become more successful.
  2. Adopt an operational mindset. Ask yourself what you can do that will improve your ability to execute in this highly competitive market. Shift what you’re thinking about daily to service delivery. One of your most valuable assets is time, so how can you use it more efficiently? Automating the majority of your workload will give you more time to focus on what really matters to the business—this is where storage services shine.
  3. Assess your applications. Recognize not only where data resides for applications, but how those applications interact with each other as well. Determine the data flow between your applications, how it’s consumed both by customers and internal staff, how and where it’s stored, and the format it takes. From there, a storage services team will be able to help you build out a process and pipeline to modernize those applications into a system where they can be placed into a platform that best suits each application.

Though the process can be demanding, modernizing your organization’s storage infrastructure is essential to the future of your business. As storage modernization becomes more critical every year, IT leaders are beginning to leverage the value that storage services provide in helping craft a future-proof strategy forward.

To find out more about storage services, the modern Storage as a Service model, and how to escape dated storage practices, listen to this episode of the podcast, . . . And There You Have IT: Why Are IT Leaders Making the Shift Toward IT Services? Then, discuss your storage services options with your Sirius representative or contact us for more information.