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In the past, cloud-based solutions were seen as synonyms for managed infrastructure services and flexibility, while ‘on-premise IT’ was associated with having to manage everything internally with internal resources. Thankfully, this is no longer the case – and hybrid edge IT solutions play a key role in this development. An optimal hybrid edge IT platform is Konica Minolta’s Workplace Hub in combination with the Konica Minolta Marketplace. This means that companies no longer have to decide whether to go to the cloud or stay on-premise. They simply use the advantages of both worlds.
Where is company data best stored and processed – in the cloud or on-premise? This outdated question is still concerning many small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) with regards to their IT infrastructure while they weigh up the advantages of both approaches:
Advantages of a cloud approach:
Advantages of an on-premise approach:
Fortunately, there is no either/or. Use the advantages of both approaches and take a third option: a hybrid edge IT platform.
Advantages of a hybrid edge IT platform:
The flexibility edge computing platforms provide is highly valuable, particularly in the current environment where all organisations need to be agile and efficient.
“Long loading times kill productivity, as do unreliable connectivity and unavailable data.”
Edge solutions process data on-site, close to where they are produced – reducing latencies as well as improving and speeding up processes. This may be particularly relevant in areas where Internet connection speeds may be limited, and large data transfers can ultimately eat up valuable time. Using cloud-only systems can become the single point of failure when the Internet connection is interrupted or bandwidth is insufficient or even worse, the server is down. An edge solution can act as a local cache, stepping in for the server in the cloud for an extensive amount of time. It can either prioritise bandwidth for specific application or traffic purposes, e.g. internet traffic for employees or customers, or allow the systems to run until the connection to the cloud is re-established. In both cases, internet traffic can be batched, i.e. bundled and sent during the night or early morning, when more bandwidth is available.
When it comes to cloud and IT expertise all organisations are affected by the current skilled labour shortage. All of us need optimised IT systems that support our day-to-day operations. IT needs to stay cost-effective and remain both flexible and scalable. Software requirements in an organisation may change within a matter of weeks or data storage and computing power requirements can fluctuate depending on workflows, seasonal changes in workload, order volumes, and so on. As every organisation has its own specific requirements, each need to find the right partner, who reliably takes care of these requirements and deploys the ideal setup for them.
The Konica Minolta Workplace Hub together with its Marketplace, offers you the optimal hybrid edge IT platform. It brings together the IT infrastructure needs of your organisation with access to software and services you require as well as a simple and transparent management tool. Konica Minolta tailors Workplace Hub to your needs, adapting it to your specific requirements. The solutions implemented in Workplace Hub extend the on-premise functionalities to the cloud, processing specific data externally if required.
Based on a thorough analysis you receive a clear recommendation. We evaluate your existing network infrastructure, bandwidth, data usage and access requirements to deliver the optimal set-up for you. Whatever the choice might be - data can be stored either on premise or in the cloud.
With regard to security, Workplace Hub also has a high level of built-in data security. We can provide wraparound security services as required.
Be it data security, automated backup management or application monitoring – all supported via our Help Desk if assistance is required. This ensures smooth operation of IT systems and helps to quickly resolve issues that arise, while at the same time freeing up internal IT experts from arduous and repetitive tasks.
As Marketplace is an integral part of Workplace Hub, the internal IT team has a powerful platform for managing and easily implementing new applications. Konica Minolta ensures the compatibility of these solutions with the system as well as regular updates. Licences are also managed via Marketplace, providing an up-to-date overview at all times and control over access and costs. To deliver cost efficiency and flexibility we only charge for services, capacities and applications actually used.
Even with a strong network infrastructure, the sheer amount of data created, for example by the increasing number of IoT devices found in companies today, sets limits to the external processing of data. Pocesses increasingly rely on generating value from processed data: be it in production processes, quality assurance, research and development, customer service, contract management and so on. However, a local IT infrastructure generally has limited computing power. Or otherwise becomes overwhelmingly expensive. So, the connection to cloud-based services is an attractive option. With a hybrid cloud-connected edge IT solution, the benefits of both can be combined: the relevant data pre-processed locally and then sent to the cloud for deeper analysis. Here, more computing resources can be allocated in a short period of time, something that would not be possible with local infrastructure only.
An automated data and backup management by a hybrid edge IT solution ensures that data is regularly and reliably secured. So data is never lost in the event of a disaster such as an earthquake, a fire or flood.
Durand Eroles Castagnet relies on a server to manage their database and accounts, and two printers to process orders. A recent fire destroyed part of the business including their server and printers.
With Workplace Hub, all of Durand Eroles Castagnet’s data and applications are automatically backed-up to Konica Minolta’s
local data centre. This meant key Information was easily transferred onto a temporary server, enabling Durand Eroles Castagnet to continue operating with minimal interruption.
Providing a huge amount of computing resources
Selective data handling where useful (cloud or on-premise)
No lost of data in an event of a disaster
Fast access and no interruptions even when Internet bandwidth is bad
Frees up internal IT resources
Where is data best stored and processed – in the cloud or on-premise? This thankfully outdated dichotomy is still shaping the discussion when it comes to managing IT.
The combined capabilities of the two companies accelerate digital workplace transformation for Konica Minolta’s customers