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Undoubtedly no one expected or estimated the extent of this crisis and its resulting uncertainties in the global and local markets. The published forecasts are mostly bleak and uncertainty is still great even though most restrictions have been lifted and borders opened in many places around the world.

Most organisations around the globe have been affected by the lockdown that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing them to rapidly deploy mobile workforce solutions to support remote staff in order to ensure business continuity. South African businesses have been equally impacted and they typically had to make new applications or workloads available to users who can no longer work on-site. This generally requires some changes and additions to storage infrastructure. However, it has given rise to the conundrum of how does a business increase its storage capacities and maintain its environment, if resources are not readily available onsite? The answer lies in artificial intelligence (AI) and self-healing.

Responding to changing market conditions as markets rebuild in the aftermath of COVID-19 continues to challenge both IT and business leaders. For IT leaders the need to actively minimize risk when making IT investments continues, whilst for business leaders, financial uncertainty is often cited as the top concern. As the author of this article explains, it’s often ‘flexibility’ of IT infrastructure that holds the key to helping to solve the challenges faced by IT and business leaders alike.

In the modern world, data is regarded as the lifeblood of an organisation. Consequently, cyberthreats have taught us that a reactive response to a data breach, regardless of the magnitude of the event, is no longer adequate. All data is important, therefore a more modern and innovative approach needs to be adopted to keeping it safe yet available. As such, organisations need a comprehensive data storage solution that protects data and ensures its availability, providing Business Continuity (BC) if a cyber-attack or other form of data loss occurs.

Most organisations around the globe have been affected by the lockdown that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing them to rapidly deploy mobile workforce solutions to support remote staff in order to ensure business continuity. South African businesses have been equally impacted and they typically had to make new applications or workloads available to users who can no longer work on-site. This generally requires some changes and additions to storage infrastructure. However, it has given rise to the conundrum of how does a business increase their storage capacities and maintain their environment, if resources are not readily available onsite? The answer lies in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and self-healing.

Retailers have been hit hard by the current crisis, writes Eran Brown, EMEA CTO at Infinidat. IT teams supporting struggling businesses now need to switch to maintaining critical infrastructures that support home-workers and enable online models to run efficiently. There is an increasing demand to store, access and protect, and to grow on demand based on the number of remote workers and shoppers. With compute being almost entirely virtualised (and therefore easily scalable) the bottleneck has moved to the data infrastructure, as data has more physical properties (capacity, read & write operations that need to move data around).

If all your infrastructure is in public clouds and you.re using automation tools effectively, then you may be able to. But you’d pay a hefty cost premium for this elasticity. And if you’re on premises, you’d have trouble accommodating the request. You might be able to rent short- way, you’ve responded to the Sometimes you need to recover term burst capacity, if your business vendor offers it. But more likely you’d have to scout around for a shipment of new hardware which could take weeks or months to arrive — especially if logistics are constrained due to global challenges. And that may also require an emergency procurement cycle with finance. Oh, you didn’t cover this project CapEx budget earlier this year?