The Synergistic Convergence of Cloud, Data, Cyber Resilience, and IoT

September 01 - 2023

Cloud computing, data analytics, cyber resilience, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are the essential building blocks that form the foundation of what comes after digital transformation: Technology convergence.  

Our last post discussed how these individual technologies help improve operational cost-efficiency and the user experience. While they are ubiquitous, each also has its downside and challenges. The good news is that they can enhance each other to mitigate risks and augment their capabilities.  

This post shows how these technologies complement each other and how you can build a seamless IT fabric to connect the dots and tap into the synergy. 

Data-Driven Intelligence 

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology will help us unlock insights from vast amounts of data — including information collected from IoT devices. However, building and training these analytics and predictive models requires a lot of time and resources that few enterprises can afford. 

 But thanks to cloud technologies, companies can now leverage these capabilities on the cloud to process vast datasets without reinventing the wheel. For example, you can use NetApp’s full suite of application-driven infrastructure and data management services to manage, analyze, and optimize data in real-time to turn insights into action. 

 Meanwhile, data analytics is essential for optimizing cloud resource allocation and improving infrastructure management to reduce administrative and downtime costs. For instance, NetApp’s AIOps tools can help you create a proactive and predictive IT environment to gain complete visibility across a hybrid infrastructure. 

AI-Enhanced Security 

Data security and compliance have become essential as organizations generate and store vast amounts of data to support business strategies and operations. Meanwhile, the use of IoT devices to collect information (e.g., patient data in the healthcare industry) has raised new data protection and privacy concerns. 

The good news is that data can also help organizations improve data security and cyber resilience by accessing AI-powered security solutions on the cloud. They can analyze numerous network activities in real-time to detect threats, respond to breaches, contain lateral movements, and minimize damages. 

 For example, AI-driven solutions can support anomaly detection and behavioral analysis. They can provide predictive security, support threat hunting, and help companies adapt to evolving threats — including zero-day exploits. You can also use AI to automate incident response processes for rapid containment and remediation while reducing false positives. 

Cloud-Enabled IoT Ecosystems 

A cloud platform provides the infrastructure and services to enable seamless IoT connectivity. It acts as a central hub to collect, store, and manage data from various endpoints — allowing companies to scale their IoT deployment cost-effectively to accommodate numerous connected devices without significant infrastructure investments. 

 Meanwhile, AI-driven analytics, made possible by the vast computing power available in the cloud, enable organizations to collect and process IoT-generated data to support automation and accurate decision-making. They can also gain a deep understanding of their IoT ecosystems, optimize operations, and enhance user experiences. 

 However, the growing amount of data handled by IoT devices has become a security concern. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions, such as NetApp’s Palo Alto Network, allow organizations to bundle networking and security functions in a cloud-delivered service to strengthen and streamline security operations. 

Data-Driven Personalization 

From healthcare and retail to finance and education, personalization is the name of the game. Cloud infrastructure allows organizations to leverage vast computing power to analyze data in real-time and deliver timely and relevant responses. They can also provide users with tailored recommendations via IoT devices to turn insights into action. 

 However, the vast amount of information exchanged between central networks and IoT devices makes data protection a top concern. Security protocols, such as encryption, access control, and identity and access management (IAM) must be baked into all personalization technologies to protect users and comply with privacy laws.  

 How do you walk the fine line between leveraging data to customize the experience and protecting user information? The latest security and personalization technologies (e.g., zero-trust network security like Palo Alto Network’s PA-400 and SASE) can help you reduce complexity, minimize cost, and use software-defined networks to support policy enforcement. 

 A Seamless Fabric to Connect the Dots 

Organizations must consolidate these building blocks and streamline infrastructure to maximize their IT investments as technologies converge. But how do you create a seamless fabric to connect the dots? 

 There are two parts to this equation: A technology vendor with the solutions you need to ensure seamless integration and an IT partner who can implement these solutions to meet your business requirements. 

 NetApp’s Capabilities + Compugen’s Expertise = Your Winning Formula 

We partner with NetApp so our customers can access best-in-class technology for cloud computing, data management, and cybersecurity — supported by our commitment to top-notch service delivery. 

  1. Hybrid IT: Our hybrid IT services leverage NetApp’s hybrid cloud solution to combine on-prem and cloud infrastructures to support various cloud services, data analytics, IoT, data protection, backup and disaster recovery, and more. 

  2. Data Management: We help you connect disparate data sources and implement business intelligence solutions to turn insights into action. With NetApps’ data management portfolio, you can leverage the cloud to simplify and automate IT operations. 

  3. Cyber Resilience: We leverage NetApp’s portfolio of cyber-resilience solutions to support governance and compliance, a zero-trust architecture, and ransomware protection. Our layered approach to security resilience helps you foster creativity and innovation without risking data security. 

  4. Customer Service  Delivery: Besides its best-of-breed technologies, we partner with NetApp because its commitment to customer experience aligns with our philosophy of delivering a simple and consistent data-driven experience result in the winning combo will help you activate your technology roadmap and realize new possibilities. 

Ready to combine cutting-edge solutions with an ally that takes the time to understand your goals and turn your vision into reality with the right technology? Get in touch to see how we can help you take digital transformation to the next level and ride the wave of technology convergence. 

Guide: Beyond Digital Transformation: Technology Convergence

Topics: Hybrid IT, Cloud, Security, NetApp

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