Thanks to rapid advances in technology, enterprises finally have a robust bridge to support their desire for a hybrid model that provides the best of on-premise and cloud
Enterprises have been on a rocky journey to the cloud over the last decade. Having first been faced with the decision of building private or moving to the public cloud, highly regulated organisations such as banks and healthcare companies had to settle for keeping it private, while leaning on the public cloud for only select use-cases, such as when building new digital apps. By doing so, they missed out on the significant operational and cultural efficiencies enjoyed by startups that could be born in the cloud.
Recognising the barriers faced by enterprises dealing with transactional and sensitive data, the cloud providers have responded with investments to overcome compliance concerns and the challenges associated with migrating data safely from on-premise to the cloud. Mainframes and databases created in the 1950s were dependent on large on-premise deployments, so how do you move that kind of environment to the cloud?
“We’re hearing from lots of enterprises that it’s not about recovery anymore; it’s about uptime and business continuity,” says Allen Terleto, field chief technology officer at Redis Labs, home to the leading in-memory database Redis and Redis Enterprise, which gives organisations the scale, reliability and flexibility to power use-cases such as personalisation, machine learning, search, ecommerce and the internet of things.
“Organisations need to be able to withstand the failure of an entire region or even two. The cloud providers have finally made a pathway where you can safely deploy, possibly as a managed service, on a public cloud, with the assurances from all their investments in security, infrastructure and operational efficiencies.”
That pathway of data migration, cultural change and deploying on the public cloud is still, however, not obvious to enterprises. To get them to take the leap, cloud providers are introducing ways to go back on-premise and create a hybrid solution. Hybrid cloud has quickly grown into the model of choice for enterprises, which can continue to meet their regulatory requirements, but also have a bridge to deploy new applications or migrate existing ones as a microservice still connected to on-premise.
Redis Enterprise acts as that bridge, allowing enterprises to actively deploy on-premise and in the cloud with conflict-free resolution, which has traditionally been one of the most difficult challenges to solve.
Companies can seamlessly migrate data from their legacy database and keep it continuously integrated so bilaterally it stays in sync. Moving it into Redis Enterprise’s technology, which includes active-active geo-distributed topology, means it can be deployed cloud natively as a managed service. This fulfils the entire data path for enterprises, from on-premise to the cloud and back, in a seamless, risk-free way.
“It’s a game-changer and completely unique in the industry,” says Terleto. “With these capabilities, there is no holding back enterprises from embracing the cloud, and we’re going to see massive adoption as they make the leap to managed services, consumption cloud models and transacting through cloud marketplaces. Redis Enterprise can meet them where they are, as a first-party service on Microsoft Azure, a third-party, first-class service with Google Cloud or through our marketplace partnership with AWS.”
This leap is necessary because the coronavirus pandemic has brought forward the realisation of a digital-led economy, underpinned by the cloud. Out of sheer necessity, businesses have substantially advanced their digital transformations during the pandemic, with digital offerings leapfrogging seven years of progress in just a matter of months, according to McKinsey research. High availability powered by the cloud is crucial to success in the digital age.
“Organisations persevering through the pandemic have commonly attributed their success to prior investments into digital channels and processes, which allowed them to quickly pivot their operational model when it mattered most to their customers,” says Terleto.
Having the right cloud-native technology and an agile culture in place was a key differentiator. As we turn the corner on COVID-19, these same chief information officers will only increase their investments further to prepare for the post-pandemic digital economy and next generation of modern applications.”
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