Cloud Migration: 2 Trends to Watch in 2018

Cloud Migration
Veolostrata's Issy Ben-Shaul

Issy Ben-Shaul

By Issy Ben-Shaul, CEO of Velostrata

If you’ve tried migrating customer workloads using traditional, agent-based methods, you know that can be a slow, complex and risky process. So I wasn’t all that surprised by a study my company ran with Dimensional Research. The survey of 208 decision-makers showed that almost all, 96 percent, say they have cloud migration or workload mobility initiatives. Half will work with a partner for migration, with the main tasks being planning and strategy; actually executing the migration; and application discovery, including right-sizing the portfolio. Most, 55 percent, are extremely or somewhat satisfied with their migration partners.

Based on the survey findings, here are two predictions for 2018.

We’ll see a large number of late adopters finally making the transition. We anticipate a huge surge of workloads, thousands in some large enterprises, moving into the public cloud in 2018 and beyond. One major reason is opportunity cost: IT leaders realize, finally, that if they can shift resources away from maintaining and managing massive data centers, they can spend more on their core competency. That will make them more competitive in their respective markets and, eventually, more profitable because IT is happening in a more cost-effective manner.

The cloud also brings important operational efficiencies: easy availability of new applications and services on demand, the agility to expand or shrink quickly to keep pace with the needs of the business, and the global presence and scale of public clouds that enable enterprises to run workloads anywhere in the world with reasonable latency.

The majority of enterprises that will migrate will also employ a multi-cloud strategy. More specifically, they will split their production workloads across more than one public cloud. Sixty-nine percent of survey respondents say they will split workloads across multiple clouds. Why is this the case? Three primary reasons. First, cloud wars will result in cost wars. If an enterprise can get significant cost reduction on infrastructure, this can mean millions of dollars in savings a year (but run the numbers).

Second, different clouds offer differentiated innovations and functionality. Enterprises would like to use best-of-breed services for their various workloads to take advantage of the strengths of particular clouds. Finally, security and compliance are primary concerns, as some industries (such as finance and health care, for example) are mandated to have an alternative cloud to run on. Others just want to make sure they can switch in case of security breaches, outages or other issues that might affect a specific cloud.

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