The fastest way to sustainable digital transformation is likely to be cloudy

October 29, 2020

Cloud computing – large-scale, shared IT infrastructure available over the internet – is transforming the way corporate IT services are delivered and managed. There are several key factors enabling cloud computing to lower energy use and carbon emissions from IT. These include dynamic provisioning that can reduce wasted computing resources through better matching of server capacity with actual demand, multi-tenancy that can flatten relative peak loads by serving large numbers of organisations and users on shared infrastructure and improved server utilisation by operating servers at higher utilisation rates. Beyond the commonly cited benefits of cloud computing, such as cost savings and increased agility, it has the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of many business applications.

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The ongoing Covid-19 epidemic has forced companies to let millions of employees work from home. This new WFH culture has added a new layer of complexity and security concerns to enterprise IT, resulting in more interest in and more deployments of cloud computing. Meanwhile, data continues to grow at 25% annually worldwide, which also puts a lot of pressure on enterprises to move to the cloud to handle their growing demands effectively. This session examines how well equipped the nations of the world – in all regions and income tiers – are to handle more aggressive, modern enterprise IT development, while also delivering sustainable energy grids to power the required data centers.
By late 2019, some were starting to think that the “digital transformation” term was wearing out its welcome. However, in the current pandemic, it’s become crystal clear that leading companies are applying the core tenets of digital transformation to not only survive, but to thrive. Furthermore, we’re seeing a widespread recognition that the applications needed to digitally transform the business can’t just run in one central location. They have to be designed to run in a hybrid cloud that spans from distributed datacenters all the way to the edge of the network.
Cloud computing is one of the outstanding technology success stories of recent years. Not only has it radically changed the way organisations invest in IT, but it has provided the basis for entirely new and disruptive business models. As the market matures, technology and business leaders are now looking for additional advantages that address the complex issues of implementing cloud infrastructure and services. Success depends not just on opportunist choices that ultimately fail to deliver a coherent approach, but on each organisation building its own cloud ecosystem of technologies, services and trusted partners. In this presentation, Terry Storrar, MD for Leaseweb in the UK, will set out the key steps required to build this transformational business model.
The presentation will offer insight into IoT application’s anatomy and terminology – weighing the benefits against traditional non-IoT philosophies. IoT platforms expedite the management and monitoring of power grid, smart cities, water network, etc.– now necessary for long-term maintenance of these technologically advanced solutions. This session will concentrate on inter-connectivity–to not only centralize IT resources but to reduce operating costs and foster coordination across massively distributed site footprints. As with any technology deployment, IoT introduces unique advantages and challenges for enterprises, specifically when engaging in wide-area global portfolios. A concentrated focus will be on the security implications of a typical IoT rollout and how they differ from legacy monitoring solutions, including how I.T. standards play a role. Additionally, security methodologies and technological approaches will be discussed involving physical security, data transfer, control, and analytics services.

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