For increasing numbers of organizations, the new reality for development, deployment and delivery of applications and services is hybrid cloud. Few, if any, organizations are going to move all their strategic workloads to the cloud, but virtually every enterprise is embracing cloud for a wide variety of requirements.
To accelerate innovation, improve the IT delivery economic model and reduce risk, organizations need to combine data and experience in a cognitive model that yields deeper and more meaningful insights for smarter decisionmaking. Whether the user needs a data set maintained in house for customer analytics or access to a cloud-based data store for assessing marketing program results — or any other business need — a high-performance, highly available, mixed-load database platform is required. The platform must enable fast data access in a security-rich, highly available and scalable manner, regardless of whether the data resides in a data center, departmental virtual server or on any type of cloud infrastructure.
This paper outlines what readers should consider when making a strategic commitment to a database platform that will act as a bridge from legacy environments to the cloud.