While to date aerospace and defense organizations have not made as rapid progress on their journey to cloud as others, that’s changing fast. Not only are they now addressing security concerns with robust and compliant cloud solutions; they are also discovering the power of hybrid cloud approaches as a continuum that brings together a variety of infrastructure, devices and data to accelerate their strategic vision. This Cloud Continuum is setting the stage for a new wave of innovation in both aerospace and defense products themselves and how companies design, deliver and support them.
Exploring the hybrid cloudscape
Cloud-based capabilities are becoming increasingly common in aerospace and defense, and the industry also has the highest hybrid-cloud adoption rates. Organizations can take advantage of the public cloud for some of their basic capabilities. But they require a more bespoke mix of solutions to meet the unique demands of most of their IT needs. This approach requires clear governance and management across the enterprise to deliver maximum value. Fortunately, a range of tools and strategies exist to manage these hybrid/multi-cloud environments.
Cloud’s security advantages
What’s more, security concerns about cloud that have previously been seen as barriers are abating. In fact, organizations are beginning to recognize cloud security as a benefit as industry leaders prove its potential to enhance their overall security posture while minimizing risks. Cloud’s security advantages include:
Cloud value — beyond financial
The financial advantages that cloud service providers’ (CSP) economies of scale support remain a key driver for all companies. But the aerospace and defense industry’s unique security demands have, to now, made it hard for aerospace and defense companies to take advantage. Now, however, they have access to CSP offerings that meet their unique regulatory, security and operational requirements. These are enabling them to shift from significant capital expenditure to more flexible cashflow models. And as they advance on their cloud transformation journey, aerospace and defense companies are harnessing cloud’s advantages to achieve key business outcomes over and above financial benefits. These include:
Move decisively at speed
As cloud is adopted faster and at scale, benefits increase proportionately. Moving fast and thinking big is essential. But as they embrace cloud, aerospace and defense companies must also consider their entire architecture and see each element as an enabler of their business strategy. Equally key is the cultivation and adoption of a cloud-first mindset across the enterprise. To make sure that they are ready to unlock the full potential of the Cloud Continuum for their enterprise, aerospace and defense leaders should: