By Claude Schuck, regional manager for Africa at Veeam With the rising demand for virtualized solutions being fuelled by businesses wanting to embrace digital transformation, the hybrid cloud is expected to be one of the most valuable technology opportunities for enterprises this year. But how will this impact on availability strategies? The modern enterprise must be founded on key technologies provided by virtualization, modern storage systems and cloud computing to be fully transformative. This places a strain on the availability of data and information, as it involves updating legacy systems and investing time and money. It is critical for availability to be at the forefront of any digital transformation or hybrid cloud strategy. Doing this will ensure that when applications and workloads are being moved across various infrastructures, there is a backup and disaster recovery plan in place to guarantee that downtime is not an issue.