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Metallic 2022 Predictions: Enterprises Will Scramble To Control Cloud-Driven Data Sprawl

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Enterprises Will Scramble To Control Cloud-Driven Data Sprawl

By David Ngo, Chief Technology Officer at Metallic, a Commvault Venture

Enterprises were rapidly expanding their use of SaaS applications and other cloud services prior to the pandemic. However, the pandemic turned this wave into a tsunami, as enterprises suddenly found themselves using the cloud to digitize every business process they could, so it could be completed remotely and virtually, rather than on-site and in-person.

This rapid move to the cloud enabled enterprises to outsource development and maintenance of many of their core applications to SaaS providers, reduce on-premises infrastructure costs, easily spin up cloud-resources for the development of new applications, empower their employees to work from anywhere, and build stronger relationships with their customers through multiple digital channels.

However, not all is sunshine and roses in this new cloud dominated world. Enterprises now find themselves having to secure, protect, govern, optimize, and otherwise manage data stored in a dozen (or more) separate SaaS applications, multiple cloud services, on-premises infrastructure, and their remote employees' laptops. Everyday this data sprawl gets a little bigger, and while they can consolidate parts of it, they cannot eliminate it without moving back to the inflexible, expensive, and less scalable on-premises legacy systems of yesterday.

Many enterprises have taken some steps to use data security, protection, and other data management point solutions to gain some level of control over all this data sprawl. Yet without a comprehensive, unified view and control of all their data, this data sprawl will continue to expand out of their control.

The result? A massive data surface area ripe for cyberattacks. Poor data governance resulting in failure to comply with an increasing number of strict data privacy regulations. Fragmented data siloes with multiple failure points, increasing the risk of data loss. Little to no automation basic data administration processes. An inability to scale their data environment to support growth. Hurdles like these will slow the digital transformations that created this data sprawl in the first place.

Enterprises will seek to bring order to this growing chaos as they increasingly find data sprawl hindering their digital transformation efforts and even putting the integrity of their business data at risk of being locked, altered, or destroyed by cyberattacks or other disasters. Specifically, they will implement programs and solutions that allow them to comprehensively manage the storage, security, protection, governance, optimization and use of all of their data, whether it lives in a SaaS application, cloud service, on-premises or on an employee's laptop.

In 2022, those enterprises that succeed in gaining this type of control over data sprawl will be able ensure the fundamental integrity of their business and accelerate their digital transformation efforts. Those that do not will find their data sprawl creating a gap between where their data environment is and where it needs to be if they hope to continue to grow in the digital economy and ensure the fundamental integrity of their business.

Growth of the Cloud Managed Services Market Will Accelerate

Over the past decade, and particularly over the last two years, enterprises of all types and sizes have adopted new SaaS and other cloud-based applications or moved their existing applications from on-premises infrastructure to the cloud. Recently, they have begun taking the next logical step in this journey - partnering with service providers to manage these SaaS and other cloud based applications for them, so they can focus on innovating on their own applications and on other priorities core to their business success.

Cloud Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have emerged to meet his need, helping these enterprises procure and use SaaS and other cloud technologies so they can concentrate on more strategic digital transformation and other business new objectives. By working with these cloud MSPs, enterprises can outsource previous in-house IT responsibilities - responsibilities like customizing off-the-SaaS applications for their particular business requirements, ensuring their SaaS applications comply with government data privacy regulations, and protecting their SaaS and other cloud-based data from malicious cyberattacks. Some enterprises are even contracting with cloud MSPs to help them with more strategic digital transformation initiatives, allowing them to speed up these initiatives and expand their development of unique cloud-based digital services that differentiate them from their competitors.

Enterprises have already rounded second base in their cloud journeys by outsourcing management of the infrastructure for their applications to SaaS and other public cloud service providers. In 2022, expect these enterprises to turn for home by partnering with cloud MSPs to help them manage the set-up, customization, and administration of their cloud-based applications -expanding revenue opportunities for IT service providers with the expertise, resources, and solution provider relationships required to deliver these types of cloud-based managed services.



David Ngo 

David Ngo is a 22-year veteran of Commvault and serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Metallic, the SaaS division of Commvault. David joined Commvault after graduating from Rutgers University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and has held roles in Products and Engineering, Development, Office of the CTO, and Professional Services. He started as a developer and led the Windows development group, during which time he was granted a number of patents. He went on to leading engineering alliances with strategic partners, such as Microsoft and NetApp before joining the Office of the CTO and leading cloud and virtualization efforts. He most recently served as the Vice President of Products and Engineering for Metallic. Prior to joining the Metallic group, David established the Remote Managed Services group.

Published Tuesday, December 14, 2021 7:30 AM by David Marshall
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