Today the development of data is growing at an unprecedented rate. In fact, 90% of the world’s data is currently growing rapidly and in the last two years the results are very surprising.

With these developments, the data becomes “new oil” and the next frontier for innovation. Increasingly, organizations depend on data and at the same time they begin to understand the importance of data utilization, how data helps them work differently, create different business models and prepare to be part of the fourth industrial revolution.

Usually, most companies apply data separately, on-premise and also on different clouds. A recent Forrester study showed that 73% of organizations operate different data strategies and most have silos data and 64% still face the challenges of running a multi-hybrid infrastructure. Not surprisingly, 70% of organizations consider the need to simplify their processes as a high or critical business priority.

When organizations try to prevent the use of this silo data system and simplify business, they often turn to public cloud to support their business. Public Cloud comes with a variety of benefits including increased agility, speed to respond to market demand, faster innovation, elastic scalability, cost optimization, increased productivity, and data-driven decision making.

However, the cloud is still in its initial growth period, especially in Indonesia. Analysts estimate that cloud penetration is currently still less than 20% and is mostly used for non-critical office work. This happens for example because there are no two organizations that have the same infrastructure needs so that technologies that are very common or have the same technological similarity are not suitable. However, it has been agreed that the use of appropriate technology is crucial for critical performance such as data storage.

Therefore, many CIOs dream of having standardized and integrated infrastructure even if they come from one or two vendors. But in reality, corporate infrastructure often has different elements from the main application needed, including the data they run will be shared between public clouds, old technology stored in buildings, and private clouds. According to a recent Gartner survey, 81% of public cloud users use several cloud service providers and run a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy or a mixture of both.

Meanwhile, the difference between Hybrid Cloud and Multi Cloud itself, Hybrid Cloud is increasingly being recognized by many companies. Hybrid Cloud is a combination of Private Cloud and Public Cloud. When operating independently, the two technologies will communicate with each other through encrypted connections either through the internet or through private special links.

The one, Multi-cloud, on the other hand is 100% public cloud, where the infrastructure is spread between different cloud providers or within a region in the same cloud. The main advantage of multi-cloud is that organizations and application developers can choose components from various vendors and use what is best for them for their intended purpose.

“It’s no wonder Gartner estimates that by 2021, 75% of medium and large organizations will adopt a multi-cloud strategy,” wrote Han Chung Heng.

For organizations that use data as a main asset, choosing the right technology to support business is critical. This potentially allows them to move company data closer to key cloud services, such as high-performance computing and new services that allow them to access emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and sophisticated analytics so they can build new business model.

So, according to Han Chung Heng, what companies need now to build a new business model is a module that offers cloud elasticity with the power of on-site IT processing. The new model, provides “Cloud Adjacent Architecture”, which can help provide solutions for those who do not want or can consider using public cloud.

As a result, this places their data on hardware that is ready to adapt the cloud that is close to the public cloud across globally interconnected data center exchanges. This then allows companies to interconnect safely to the cloud and other business partners and can also directly reduce latency and network costs.

In addition, this Cloud Adjacent solution can provide a consistent architecture in the sense that companies don’t need to change anything. Best of all, customers can choose who manages data, whether it will be managed by themselves, business partners, or system integrators. Cloud Adjacent provides total flexibility and allows customers to maintain control of their data.

“Additional flexibility for this multi-cloud architecture will support digital transformation and we hope to be used in various business lines and customer types,” explained Han Chung Heng.

For example, with the proliferation of sensors, cameras, and other types of technology, urban infrastructure has changed from mere physical to encompassing data and technology. The convergence of the digital and physical world provides unique initiatives for smart cities with unique opportunities to better understand location dynamics in real time and then use insights to bring value back to residents and businesses through the provision of new or better services, often delivered by an application.