2020 has been a year for the history books, without a doubt. One major change that has occurred (or at least has accelerated greatly) has been the shift towards remote work. Already a ‘thing’ in the early 2000s, it has become part of the ‘new normal’ for millions of Australians in light of the lockdowns across the country.
For medium- to large-sized businesses and organisations, shifting to remote work for most/all of their employees has created new challenges and opened up new risks in IT security.
Data centres have also experienced peaks in demand, as well as handling data from off-premises devices such as laptops and mobile phones. In some cases, the peak in demand creates undue strain on the data centre’s ability to process and transfer data, leading to potentially lost revenue as customer enquiries are delayed or websites crash, for example.
Data Centre Migration & Decommissioning
Data centre decommissioning was already a growing trend worldwide before the pandemic, but 2020 has certainly accelerated this trend. More and more organisations are either partially or fully decommissioning their data centres in lieu of newer technologies such as cloud computing. Essentially they are outsourcing their data centres to other data centres such as AWS or Microsoft Azure, two of the most well-known cloud computing solutions providers in the world.
The Rise of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing has revolutionised the way in which individuals and businesses interact with data on a fundamental level. From smaller services such as Google Drive and Dropbox to large-scale data storage solutions held on the cloud in massive data centres around the world, cloud computing boasts many benefits to organisations (and some noteworthy risks, as well).
Firstly, cloud-based data centres eliminate or lessen the need for on-premises data centres, thus freeing up space and reducing IT assets held by the organisation. This alone can end up saving organisations thousands or even millions of dollars per year. The rotation of redundant, end-of-life IT assets, servicing, maintenance, and the electricity costs of running a data centre can be quite massive.
Secondly, outsourced data centres tend to have top-level security for data and all data is securely held behind some of the world’s most powerful and reputable organisations when it comes to cybersecurity features.
Furthermore, modern cloud solutions offer extremely low latency and downtime is almost always 99.9 per cent or higher, so there’s little need to worry in terms of reliability.
Business Data Cloud Migration
Organisations that are currently undergoing data centre decommissioning or are planning on shifting their data to the cloud must take a few things into consideration.
- IT asset disposal: how do you intend to dispose of your existing IT assets within the data centre?
- Secure data destruction: for any disposed IT assets, can you be assured that the sensitive data stored therein will be thoroughly destroyed?
- Data migration: how do you intend to migrate data held on your servers to the cloud solution of choice?
- Downsizing: once the data centre has been decommissioned, how can you optimise and streamline your remaining IT assets?
If your organisation is in the process of decommissioning a data centre or would like to get set up with cloud-based data storage solutions that are secure and reliable, it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified and experienced team of IT experts.