In the not-too-distant past, most companies were taking a wait-and-see approach to the cloud, as the downside outweighed its potential opportunities. Fast forward to today, and those barriers have fallen away. Organizations that hesitate to migrate to the cloud are those most likely to fall behind the competition.
In 2017, Gartner predicts the worldwide public services cloud market will grow by 18%, primarily due to its ability to foster business agility, scalability, cost benefits, innovation, and growth. Most enterprises today are taking a cloud-first approach to new applications and services, and more than 30% of the 100 largest vendors’ new investments are shifting from cloud-first to cloud-only.
As the cloud matures, the typical barriers to migration have all but disappeared, including:
- Security: In the past, few enterprises would cede control of their data security to a new and untried cloud service provider (CSP). Today,CSPs have the deep pockets and expertise to invest and implement critical security controls that many enterprises simply can’t afford to staff and cloud-resident data is considered more secure than that housed on-premises. In fact, Gartner predicts public cloud workloads will see 60% fewer security incidents through 2020 than those run in traditional data centers.
- Compliance: Not too long ago, organizations looking to comply with critical regulations such as PCI, SOX, HIPAA, etc., could not move compliance-related workloads to the cloud because they couldn’t risk the loss of control and visibility. Today, most CSPs have regulatory certifications in place ensuring their customers’ workloads always comply with key data residency, logging, access and security controls.
- Staffing: IT staffers worried that a move to the cloud meant a certain loss of job security. Today, enterprises that move critical workloads to the cloud find their IT staff are more in demand than ever. The IT team is freed up from mundane, rote tasks, to focus on new business-critical applications, network architecture and hybrid cloud design roles that simply aren’t going away.
- Cost: The previous price tag for the cloud was considered an unknown risk, but enterprises can now realize thereal and growing cost benefits of a move to the cloud. Not only does the ability to spin up new workloads on-demand reduce capital outlays and improve time to market for both new and upgraded applications, the cloud’s subscription-based pricing means costs are more predictable and manageable over time.
And yet, the move to the cloud is not completely risk-free. A hybrid cloud environment requires a high level of expertise not easily found in-house, to plan, monitor and manage critical workloads to ensure they are secure, costs are controlled, and the benefits continue to accrue over time.
The OneNeck IT Solutions approach provides:
- Custom design: We work to fully understand your unique business needs and requirements to help you define the right cloud infrastructure for your workloads.
- Expert assessments: We conduct a thorough Hybrid Cloud Assessment, including workload analysis, bandwidth analysis, and end-user experience analysis to ensure all applications perform optimally and as expected.
- Optimized implementation: OneNeck engineers examine workloads using various tools to analyze application access, and optimize your workloads across customized hybrid solutions that span on-premises, private and public cloud solutions.
OneNeck IT Solutions provides the complete solution for your cloud journey. Contact us to learn more.