In today’s world, accelerating the pace of innovation is key to business strategy. Technology is required to be a differentiator to accelerate service delivery, high performance data management, and simplify operations.
In Malaysia, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has been increasingly applied to virtualise all of the elements of traditional data centres. HCI is a unified system that combines all elements including storage, computing, and networking to reduce data centre complexity and increase scalability.
According to Ernst & Yong’s “COVID 19: Business Impact Survey” published in early June 2020, most companies — limited liability companies (LLCs) and SMEs — highlighted their difficulties in online connectivity and communication with customers or suppliers, and having connectivity disruption during work from home amongst their employees. This demonstrates that companies need better technology infrastructure to cope with the challenges of the pandemic.
Earnst & Young, June 2020 - COVID 19: Business Impact Survey
The demand for connectivity has been drastically increased during the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia, resulting in businesses strongly requiring cost-effective, simple, and secure infrastructure to connect their apps, legacy storage, and cloud as well.
The Malaysian government, in its Budget 2021, reiterated its commitment to progress its digital transformation plan by setting aside RM 9.4 billion (US$ 2.3 billion). Out of which, RM 500 million (US$ 120 million) is to be allocated for High Technology Fund provided by Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), RM 150 million (US$ 37 million) for SME Digitalisation Grant Scheme and Automation Grant, and RM 42 million (US$ 10 million) is to improve internet connectivity in 25 industrial areas to attract investment under the Jendela plan. With the digital strategy in place, businesses can now fast track their digital transformation of their IT infrastructure for business recovery and growth.
Connectivity is now regarded as the third utility in Malaysia and an economic imperative. Business applications with complex siloed and legacy storage will need to be reviewed, and infrastructure for businesses’ service level objectives (SLOs) enhanced. Business leaders should start looking into evolving the legacy infrastructure to HCI. Here are the benefits to achieve SLOs for business sustainability:
1. Accelerate critical applications, consolidate workloads
For businesses to unlock analytical insight and monetise data, faster access to data is important. Performance-intensive use cases, such as relational databases, online transaction processing (OLTP), real-time analytics and workload consolidation, can potentially amplify revenue-generating possibilities.
HCI can streamline IT setups and shorten the data path and eliminate I/O bottlenecks to deliver vastly improved latency and efficiency. It also helps reduce IT cost and speed the search for data, enabling business leaders to make right business decisions, faster.
2. Secure desktops anywhere for your remote workforce
A seamless workspace experience is required to access all employees across devices and locations, but existing mobile workplace solutions are not easy to scale. Security, compliance and rapid recoverability are strongly requested. To ensure all users have always-on, quick and reliable access to desktop and apps, while also maintaining integrity and security of company data, HCI makes a great foundation for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution to deliver an excellent experience for all users.
Seamless, device-independent collaboration drives up employee productivity while ensuring full visibility and control over corporate data with role-based authentication, retention and legal hold at the file or profile level and policy-based data protection.
3. Reduce cost and complexity for business priorities
Explosive growth of data volumes is making businesses want easy scalability and simplified administration of compute and storage systems. HCI also is known as ease of acquisition, which can speed up business processing and provides faster access to data for business leaders to analyse, enrich and monetise the data. It doubles transactions per minute and delivers higher responsiveness while lowering the cost. With this modern IT infrastructure, historical data can be unleashed on the same centrally managed platform that delivers scalability and business availability.
Moreover, after HCI deployment, no specialised storage skill was needed. Business leaders are able to add capacity with simple drag-and-drop action, and have automatic load balancing across a cluster which makes IT infrastructure cost-effective and reduce complexity.
As companies are still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic, business leaders should be able to realise the needs of enhancing IT infrastructure to address the challenges. Evolving the technology infrastructure would make business sense as business agility, recovery, sustainability will create new business opportunities for the next level of growth.
Moti Uttam is the Managing Director at Hitachi Vantara (Malaysia)