With a major U.S. election looming, fundamental changes in EU trading relationships, and a potential trade deal between the U.S. and China, 2020 had already begun with a healthy dose of business uncertainty. Then came the Coronavirus.
Now, every business is trying to assess the impact that this global outbreak will have on their supply and distribution chains, event schedules, travel plans--including where and how their workforces will do their jobs. Even firms with a somewhat distributed workforce are likely to find their IT infrastructures tested by the challenge of more users pinging ERP, CRM and other applications through VPNs--the result of efforts to keep the Coronavirus from spreading throughout offices and sidelining workers.
The goal should always be for business to continue as usual, and not just for the roles most conductive to working remotely. Many, if not most, infrastructure and data center roles remain tethered to physical locations. It’s fair to ask whether this is wise.
Plan for the unexpected with software-defined servers
This moment may offer an opportunity for organizations to figure out how they can truly prepare to support a flexible workforce across all departments--increasingly the marker of business success in an age of uncertainty.
For CIOs and their teams, one way to achieve this is to invest in an automated, on-demand infrastructure flexible enough to accommodate changes as unpredictable global and marketplace events unfold.
The good news is that you don’t need a multi-billion-dollar Congressional spend to optimize and streamline your IT environment. Companies large and small can implement virtualized and automated technology - such as software-defined servers - to create a genuinely flexible IT infrastructure, without the need for proprietary composable solutions, costly consulting fees, and months or years of arduous deployment. .
A software-defined server empowers operations and infrastructure teams to:
- Deliver a server of any size, completely on demand, composed from commodity servers connected with Ethernet.
- Flexibly configure and rapidly deploy servers to meet any memory need, from tens of gigabytes to tens of terabytes of system memory.
- Rapidly reconfigure to adapt to evolving user needs — in minutes.
- Run standard software without modification.
- Operate in the Public Cloud or on premises.
Flexibility, cost, and ease of use make software-defined infrastructure crucial to an organization working to stay agile in the face of uncertainty. There is no better time to prepare for a future where agility may be the most crucial success factor of all.