Digital infrastructure is key to business survival


Enterprises are turning to virtual infrastructure solutions to power digital transformation initiatives to overcome supply chain challenges.

Access to on-demand subscription-based models provides much-needed flexibility and enables greater innovation. Virtual IT solutions can be set up in a matter of minutes, with no need to wait for hardware to become available, and no logistical shipping challenges.

Adopting Software as a Service (SaaS) also spurs rapid innovation with best-in-class solutions that are already built. This helps businesses open up new revenue streams to create competitive advantage and help future-proof their business.

According to the Equinix 2022 Global Tech Trends Survey, 62 per cent of IT decision-makers view a shortage of IT skills as one of the main threats to their business.

Dedicated access to on-demand compute, storage and networking helps enterprises to: Manage unpredictable business costs; Reduce data centre footprint and leverage modern cloud services and shift CAPEX to OPEX to improve efficiencies and unlock trapped capital with a change to flexible models.

Risk can be reduced by ensuring low-latency, high-performance digital services through API-driven collaboration, directly connecting to commercial partners in strategic locations.

Access to on-demand solutions allow an organisation to adapt to elastic and burst demands on multicloud workflows and reduce reliance on hard-to-find talent; Streamline hybrid cloud infrastructure deployment and directly connect public and private clouds securely and efficiently.

A hybrid cloud infrastructure (HCI) combined with software-defined networking solutions can provide the agility and scalability of the public cloud while reducing costs and increasing security.

Business costs can be reduced by eliminating cloud connectivity overhead and shifting fixed CAPEX to flexible OPEX models, delivering up to 40 per cent operational savings.

Performance can be improved by up to 80 per cent with purpose-built, workload-optimised HCI providing significant performance advantages over generic virtualised infrastructure at a reduced cost.

With reduced deployment time, leaders can achieve faster deployment through automated digital infrastructure provisioning.

IT decision-makers who say their business is moving toward an XaaS model cite the key reasons for its attraction as being how it simplifies IT infrastructure (65 per cent), the belief it is more flexible (56 per cent), and that it improves user experience (54 per cent).

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