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“Hybrid Cloud model delivers the best of both worlds, security, performance and scalability”

WebWerks-Sachin-Waingankar

As market leaders in hyper connected infrastructure, Web Werks supports a broad base of well known brands from Enterprise, BFSI, SMEs and OTTs who require the ability to efficiently and effectively scale their online businesses. In an interaction with SmatStateIndia, Mr. Sachin Waingankar, Head of Cloud, Web Werks India, discuss about the cloud computing and hybrid cloud approach for enterprises.

How cloud technology will be a game-changer in 2021?

Cloud would be a significant game-changer. As per Gartner organizations would focus on work from anywhere solutions, Cost optimization, OPEX over CAPEX investment. Cost optimization is the new norm to cut down existing expenses and increase efficiency. Post lockdown many organizations are still struggling with their cash-flow. Thus CFOs have shown a preference towards OPEX investment over CAPEX investment. Cloud Computing very well fulfills all these requirements. Therefore, Cloud would be the first choice by many CIOs & CFOs. Auto Scale, Pay as you go, Multi-Cloud support, Security options, option to scale architecture across geographies have allowed users to adopt cloud technology more efficiently.

Cloud adoption is unlikely to deliver the best results unless and until it is supported by reliable, robust, secure, and low-latency network infrastructure. Co-locating in a 3rd party Data Center like Web Werks, enables our customers to access multiple cloud providers and connectivity to various other multiple network connectivity providers including—Carriers, ISPs, Internet Exchanges, and content providers.

Web Werks has put together the most extensive range of Cloud hosting services designed to allow our customers to work seamlessly. With public, private and virtual private cloud options available, as well as on-demand cloud services offering rapid deployment for a range of niche industries, we support our customers’ business requirements. We focus on low latency along with exceptional network performance to ensure that your workloads are supported no matter the capacity.

How is cloud computing changing the face of Cybersecurity?
Earlier Cybersecurity was confined to end-user computing devices in the office. However, with the changing nature of the operating business, Cybersecurity needs to extend from office to anywhere. Security needs to adapt as per device and operating environment. Organizations need to invest more to ensure their data remains secure and available.

A flexible business environment requires flexible tools to adapt to changing environments, but at a lower cost. All major security providers have their cloud tools for easy consumption and adaptation. These subscriptions based tools help customers quickly adopt and secure their online and offline compute environments (i.e. ON Cloud or OFF Cloud).

Web Werks can easily roll out multi-location security policies across the geographical region. A customer can subscribe to encryption tools on a monthly OPEX basis on the cloud computing platform.

Thus, cloud computing has helped easy adoption of cybersecurity tools

How can enterprises leverage virtual collaboration technique to combat in the post lockdown and improve their bottom lines?

Travel and meetings have been affected due to COVID restrictions. Meetings are being conducted through virtual conference and collaboration tools. These tools’ users vary from students to professionals; from online education platforms to a factory floorplan editing. They allow for seamless discussion and collaboration techniques. Customers can now protect their documents from piracy through encryption keys, which secures data from copy, illegal shares or screenshots. Data protection from piracy or loss could save an organization’s intellectual property from getting leaked.

Customers can store data, share data, and collaborate to increase productivity without team members’ physical presence. Document versioning allows easy changes and retrievals from the last changes.

Post-Covid lockdown, there is a substantial increase in work from anywhere that increases productivity and ensures business continuity.

How will Cloud services help organizations to recover?

Cost flexibility is a key reason many companies consider cloud adoption in the first place. Cloud’s ability to reduce fixed IT costs and shift to a more variable “pay as you go” cost structure, will help organizations restart their journey post lockdown. Capex investments for small tenure Projects could be easily offloaded to Cloud on a monthly OPEX basis, without any fixed commitment. By allowing for rapid provisioning of resources without scale limitations, Cloud enables a company to benefit from economies of scale without achieving large volumes on its own. Multi-location deployment could happen without any CAPEX investment.

Cloud facilitates external collaboration with partners and customers, leading to improvements in productivity and increased innovation. Cloud-based platforms can bring together disparate groups of people who can collaborate and share resources, information and processes.

We are gradually steering towards a post-Covid world that demands higher efficiency, cost optimization, and business continuity assurance. Adopting an able cloud and 3rd party data center roadmap would be essential to an enterprises’ success.

Why Hybrid Cloud is becoming the right approach for enterprises?

Hybrid Cloud model delivers the best of both worlds, security, performance, and scalability. Gartner experts have stated that by 2021, over 75% of midsize and large organizations will have adopted a multi-cloud or hybrid IT strategy. Organizations investment in local IT infrastructure is safeguarded with Hybrid Cloud models. Critical data can reside locally on-prem while data that requires accessibility and portability can reside on Public Cloud.

Another way enterprises benefit from the hybrid cloud is a process called Cloud bursting. Cloud bursting expands workloads to a public cloud on demand during spikes and then scales back to the original servers once the peak is over. The additional storage and compute resources are essentially ‘rented’ only for the time needed.

Disaster recovery is one of the significant benefits that the hybrid Cloud offers enterprises, especially those new to the Cloud. Without the Cloud, disaster recovery is often expensive and resource-heavy, including backup sites or applications owned or rented by the organization. While a prime need for maintaining on-prem data centers is to be ready in case disaster strikes, a hybrid cloud model can make a big difference in cost-savings and flexibility.

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