How to Achieve Business Agility with Your Applications
Are you looking for a way to increase revenue while reducing business risk and controlling costs? The key to making all of these happen is to improve your business’s agility: your ability to quickly and effectively respond to changing trends and business changes. But your current technology stack might be holding you back.
While your legacy technology might once have been productive, after years of use, it can get unwieldy. Having your data trapped in a stovepipe system can prevent you from supporting evolving business goals and dynamics: whether it is new SLAs, a new project, or changing customer requirements. Perhaps the performance is unable to keep up with modern applications, and you’ve resorted to overprovisioning resources to keep your customers from getting fed up and moving to your competitors.
As both public and private cloud options become increasingly popular, you might consider migrating your data to the cloud. However, the migration process is very risky and can take quite a while to complete. You need to make your technology more agile RIGHT NOW!
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Silk’s Cloud Data Platform decouples data from the underlying infrastructure, offering you more flexibility. We do this in two ways:
- By detaching data from the infrastructure, you can quickly move data between platforms: whether that’s cloud to cloud, on-prem to the cloud, or back again. If your goal is to leave your legacy system behind or to adopt a hybrid cloud strategy, Silk’s platform can move your data to where your business needs it to be rapidly.
- Silk also offers impressive performance numbers compared to other vendors in the market. Since the platform separates performance from capacity, there is no need to overprovision in order to achieve optimal performance results. Plus, Silk offers dramatically improved performance when it is leveraged on top of the major public cloud vendors: almost 1 million IOPS (10 times higher than public cloud alone for the same price) with sub-millisecond latency (10-20x faster than the public cloud alone).
Financial Service Firm Gets More Agile with Silk
Let’s take a look at a global financial services firm that was suffering from severe lifecycle inflexibility. The company needed to rearchitect its infrastructure to meet the needs of its microservices-based application. After deploying the application in its existing, monolithic server and SAN environment, the customer realized that it needed to modernize its infrastructure in order to achieve the desired performance.
By rearchitecting its infrastructure with Silk, the company saw a massive increase in performance. It was able to significantly reduce the runtime of a critical database job for the company’s development and customer reporting environments from over 90 minutes to as low as about 28 minutes – at least a 67% savings. In addition, the company was able to move from a single serialized job process to a highly parallelized one, executing 16 parallel instances of a database ETL munge and scrub job (using hundreds of threads), greatly increasing developer productivity by significantly shortening iteration times. The completion of these parallel jobs took less time than it previously took to complete a single job – a mere 31 minutes for all 16 instances.
The company was able to demonstrate dynamic on-demand performance gains by non-disruptively adding additional processing hardware mid workflow. This on-demand scalability makes it possible for the company to meet its business needs and enables greater future agility.