Storage-as-a-Service: Less stress for IT teams

Storage-as-a-Service: Weniger Stress für IT-Teams

Data Security – Big Data-Data Management

Pure Storage sees more readiness for new usage models also in storage

The past few months have been a tough stress test in many ways. It has pushed companies, workers, economies, and entire industries to their limits. The cascading effects of the digital transformation have put IT infrastructures to the test – and the overloaded IT teams that run them to the test – and they have delivered.

In terms of agility, availability, and remote support, many IT teams pushed the boundaries of overly complex legacy IT to keep businesses online, connected, and running. This level of chaos and complexity is unsustainable, as Pure Storage believes. It ends in burnout and shortages, and companies can’t afford both. What can companies do to give these teams the support they deserve when the digital business is on everyone’s lips right now? Pure Storage means simplicity.

When chaos multiplies the complexity

Even before the pandemic, companies faced major challenges with their existing IT solutions. The chaos of the pandemic has only multiplied this complexity.

  • Infrastructure complexity – with incompatible resources, silo-like data, and a lack of transparency that leads to waste and overspending.
  • Inaccessibility of data – one of the main problems when it comes to realizing the potential of data throughout the enterprise.
  • Obsolete management-entire roles were entrusted with administrative and technical tasks that should be simplified, automated or completely abolished.
  • Performance issues – lead to situations where delays and failures have serious consequences, such as a poor customer experience and missed SLAs.

Especially in data storage, it becomes clear how complexity and limited access to data create real barriers to innovation. Digital transformation is at the top of the list for years to come. Traditional data storage is a bottleneck that companies can’t afford if they want to stay ahead.

Where companies see room for improvement

Pure Storage surveyed over 300 IT decision-makers in companies with more than 100 employees, from small to large companies. In their responses, they talked about the low points of 2020, the strategies they have adopted to overcome these challenges, and how their priorities will evolve in 2021. Many reflected on the role that simplicity plays in their successes and failures.

Companies know that IT agility is no longer just a” nice to have”. It is an indispensable element for digital business and competitive advantages. Nevertheless, many IT departments still live with IT complexity. The study found that about two in three respondents describe their data and storage IT operations as “average.” Those who describe their operation as “complex” increased with the size of the enterprise.

All in all, respondents felt that “simple” storage should include:

  • Smaller organizations are most likely to see” simple “data storage and IT operations as “quick to install which makes sense for lean teams that need systems up and running quickly.
  • Medium-sized companies describe “simple” as “easy to plan and upgrade”.
  • Large organizations describe simple storage as”easy to monitor and get predictive support.” The more data you manage, the harder it becomes.

A big but less obvious hurdle for digital transformation

What do you think is holding companies back from IT upgrades that could lead to innovation and transformation? When asked what obstacles prevent them from effectively implementing digital transformation, 48 percent of respondents cited the ability to train employees for new technologies, followed by limited budgets and resources. It is another cry for simplicity from the ranks of those who need it most. The removal of this barrier will not only benefit stressed IT teams but can also benefit the entire company.
It should therefore come as no surprise that the majority of respondents are already using or considering a trend that can seamlessly meet all of the above: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).

The Storage as a Service (STaaS) subcategory is an IaaS model that offers more simplicity. Companies that have introduced STaaS see immediate relief for stressed teams. A Harvard Business Review survey shows that 79 percent of STaaS users say subscription models make it easier for employees to work compared to 55 percent of traditional storage users. 75 Percent cite benefits such as the freedom to focus on higher-quality work, which not only reduces stress but can also increase satisfaction and morale.

Is As-a-Service the answer?

An overwhelming majority of respondents – a total of 74 percent-said that new investments should be made in IT infrastructure and software to support programs and initiatives. The way you want to make these investments is perhaps the most revealing.
41 percent of respondents said they want to switch to buying IT equipment over consumption models. At the same time, 40 percent said they want to reduce their dependence on local infrastructure by switching to service providers or cloud solutions. This is a major shift in strategy that will directly benefit stressed IT teams responsible for product selection and maintenance of on-premises equipment. IT teams that already have enough to do can expand their capabilities without the need for additional work.

It can also help solve the old challenges with maintenance retention, performance issues, demand forecasting, and legacy management. As-a-service solutions can help avoid difficulties with training, deployment, and time-to-market. Many of these solutions also offer the most important features companies are looking for, including security (36 percent), mobility (22 percent), and flexibility (18 percent).

In the same vein, 57 percent of respondents said that their biggest change in IT strategy in the current year is the use of software as a service (SaaS) over the purchase of licensed software. This may be music to the ears of the IT team, but the company and profit will also benefit. As-a-service models allow companies to get the most advanced offerings available without expensive, inconvenient hardware upgrades. In conjunction with business-oriented

SLAs and a first-class customer experience all speak for the fact that the IT department will love these modern infrastructures and not just “live” with them.

The year 2020 has shone a light on bottlenecks that have overloaded IT teams for decades and put companies at risk. Now is the time to replace these bottlenecks with breakthrough innovations – and have happier, more productive IT teams. Success will depend on IT solutions that can tackle any old challenge and complexity with built-in simplicity. After last year, IT should not settle for less.

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