The Mobile Workforce is driving IT to shift to new architectures. The existing legacy systems is no longer optimum to support users as they consume IT services in a very different manner from 10 years ago. For CIOs looking to reinvent IT as a competitive differentiator to grow the business, choosing the next generation architecture is complex topic. As you sunset legacy systems and consider a next-generation architecture, here are three crucial factors you need consider before you act:
1. The Next Architecture: Skate to where the puck is going.
Determining whether the current architecture will work for the future is a common concern for CIOs due to a number of broad factors: change in workstyles, need to innovate faster, budget constraits, and employee retention. Typically, the legacy architecture will not because there are three truths about architectures:
- All architectures were designed with an optimal use and workstyle for that era.
- The pace of innovation is accelerating.
- Newer architectures are inherently design to be faster and lower cost than the technology they replace.
Legacy on-premises solutions require a great deal of infrastructure and don't scale instantly. What about end-users who need to/want to access all their apps from any device? This adds more layers of complexity and puts additional resource demands on IT to manage. So what's installed today, like a Citrix XenApp, will work well for what it was designed to do, but eventually reach a limit as business needs evolve beyond the managed desktop PC.
2. Lowest TCO is 100% Cloud.
Legacy architectures have a higher TCO than 100% cloud based architectures. 100% cloud based architectures are designed to have the following beneficial characteristics:
- Easy to deploy requiring 10x less resources and can go live in as little as 60 minutes.
- Scales instantly to respond to the needs of the business.
- Zero footprint for IT to maintain. No new hardware to buy.
- Always up to date with the latest features. No lag time.
3. Beware of the Band-Aid for Cloud.
Compare the benefits of a 100% cloud architecture to a legacy architecture with a cloud management plane, such as a Citrix Workspace Cloud, that is a Band-Aid between the legacy and cloud eras. These Band-Aid solutions are still complex, requiring:
- Requires new software installations
- Personnel training
- Constant operations resource to continuously upgrade and scale deployments
Eventually, you will have to rip the Band-Aid off, so consider the cost of investing in an architecture designed for the last decade.
Bottom line, will your next generation solution meet the needs of your evolving business and have the lowest TCO? Consider that a 100% cloud architecture is the best next generation option for reducing complexity, optimizing agility, and ensuring the lowest TCO.