If the last few years have taught us anything, it’s that organizations need to pay more attention to their IT infrastructure, which is considered one of the mission-critical drivers of a business. Today, a robust IT infrastructure can act as a significant competitive advantage for any organization.
In a thematic panel discussion ‘Building an efficient and robust technological infrastructure‘ during the recently concluded TechSparks 2022, Gautam KurumellaSenior Manager, Startup Solutions Architecture at Amazon Internet Services highlighted what a robust technology infrastructure means to you and your organization. “It is safe? Is efficient? Is it scalable? It is working well? These are the answers you need to figure out, and then you need to build for it. You can only raise the level based on the parameters you define, and the blueprints will really help you get there.” emphasized.
Sharing your perspective, himanshumali, Manager – Corporate Solutions Architect Corp APAC, MongoDB said that even as companies often veer toward innovation and being more agile, they are deterred by legacy infrastructure and data systems, hindering their flexibility and adaptability. According to a recent report published by MongoDB, 70 percent of the digital transformation journeys that companies undertake do not reach the peak performance they are intended for.
Suhas KulkarniFounding partner and CTPO, StanPlus presented key metrics one should consider before choosing the right technology infrastructure: latency, operational excellence, time to mitigation, and cleanup of the technology stack. “It really comes down to SLAs and the experience you provide your customers, and then you work back and see what it really means for the services you build or the databases you rely on.” he said.
Get more from a secure infrastructure
Drawing on the build-versus-buy dilemma, Suhas opines that while there is a temptation to go and buy tech products to get the job done, it also comes down to what kind of intellectual property is being built. “It’s the secret sauce you’re building, which should be yours. And that’s all you need to build yourself,” he believes.
Nevertheless, Vimal Venkatram, Managing Director – India (Sales) at Snowflake, thinks otherwise. In his opinion, “If that’s not your main revenue-generating app, buy, don’t build.” According to him, when you build your own tech product, you need to maintain it, add new features, create newer versions, and build development capabilities around it. “There are companies that do that and spend billions of dollars on research for a reason, then you end up competing with those companies, which is almost impossible, and you end up losing focus on the core business model.” he said.
Shifting the focus to data, a valuable component of technology infrastructure, Vimal said that while everyone wants to be a data-driven organization, what’s key is what you want to do with the data. Once you understand business goals, timeliness, sensitivity, and data criticality become paramount, and how you achieve that is just a byproduct of all the Ws you’ve asked for in the first place. “And that’s where people like us come in and we make it very easy for customers to consume data at scale, whether you want to share data or monetize it; but it all starts with a business intention and punctuality in mind,” he said.
API security and vulnerabilities
Delving into the cybersecurity threats targeting businesses in India and how organizations should look to defend against these attacks, Sumant NarayananBusiness Head – India at Akamai Technologies, delves into API attacks and ransomware. “You’d be surprised how many organizations don’t have a repository or catalog of all their APIs. And that’s the perfect backdoor to any system, and then the next one: data. There are very sophisticated API-focused attacks that, again, result in data theft and downtime. This may sound complex, but organizations like Akamai have solutions for this,” he said.
India alone has seen a 50 percent increase in ransomware attacks compared to last year. Usually, they point to some vulnerability in the applications. Also, with people working remotely, it is much easier for attackers to break into systems. “All they really have to do is find that loophole to get into your system, and then they can create havoc after that. More importantly, the interesting part is that it is much easier to launch a ransomware attack right now. Ransomware is now available as a subscription service,” said Sumant.
3 pillars that support a digital economy
Shedding light on the three main pillars for a digital first economy, Manick Dar, Head – Digital Native Accounts, Nutanix said the first milestone for a digital-first economy is when people can get what they want on their devices efficiently and at an affordable cost. The second pillar is the ecosystem of innovators. India has a thriving ecosystem of startups that are solving consumer problems.
“You need data for that; and for that, you need to have specific products or services that you are delivering to the target market,” he said. Delving into the third important pillar, enablers, Manick said that while government policies are key, the technology providers that help these startups build their products and services and support them in the process of developing their applications and of reaching the target market are equally important.
In closing lines, the panelists stated that prioritizing scalability is critical when investing in any new IT infrastructure given the rapidly changing digital landscape.