Lindsey LaManna, in her blog published June 11, 2012 on Business Innovation for SAP, wrote “In reviewing the Global Cloud Networking Survey by Cisco, it becomes quite evident that IT decision makers are discouraged with the Cloud migration process.” The article goes on to say that more than half of the survey participants (52%) claimed that it was an imperative made by their businesses or CIO in an effort to lower costs and increase productivity and efficiency. Others claimed that their migration was an effort to follow industry peers (41%) or meet customer requirements (30%). The survey was administered to 1,300 IT decision makers in 13 countries with the goal of improving businesses’ understanding of the network challenges when moving to Cloud services. According to the survey, the most desired application to be moved to the Cloud is storage, followed by Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications, email and collaboration solutions. However, IT managers noted in the survey that the top challenges for migrating to Cloud include:
1. Availability/Reliability of Cloud Applications 2. Device-Based Security 3. Cloud Application PerformanceDolphin’s focus on Cloud storage uniquely looks at Cloud as a repository for archived data and documents. This is business-complete data that either has mandated retention periods or is accessed less frequently than dynamic data and has gone through an ERP-prescribed archiving process. Using the Cloud as a storage layer also calls for a strong approach to data archiving and information lifecycle management. Being able to leverage the Cloud effectively can be tied to managing data, data volume and growth. Companies that run SAP systems can get their desired performance and cost savings benefits by implementing a strong archiving strategy and taking advantage of Cloud storage. The primary advantage is that Cloud storage lets you align the cost of storage with the value of the data. It frees companies to invest in high performance access for current, frequently used data, while shifting seldom used data and documents to a lower cost and practically infinitely elastic Cloud storage services. They also derive the ability to transparently access the stored archived data and documents. This is a good first step to Cloud and it utilizes all inherent, existing SAP security. We worked with one company who stored millions of documents on disk. Transferring them to Cloud was a huge cost savings. Dolphin’s zero-footprint solution for transparent retrieval from Cloud provided the fast access they needed from their SAP applications. CIOs are actually having difficulty finding applications that run in the Cloud that meet their needs per survey findings. Eureka! Here’s one that will save money, is easy to implement, has no learning curve, is safe and did I say, saves money. It’s even environmentally friendly.