No enterprise is an island. Though many enterprises are reluctant to go cloud, for most, cloud can deliver equal or better performance, uptime, and agility more efficiently. Security, compliance, and control issues are the biggest impediments to the enterprise cloud journey. However, many attitudes around these issues are misconceptions. Here are five reasons why cloud adoption is growing in the enterprise and how it can benefit your IT strategy:
1) To do more with less. In the last five years, eight out of ten data center owners have built or upgraded data center facilities, yet 36% still expect to run out of capacity this year. Despite the growth of cloud adoption, only about 20% plan on implementing cloud to extend data center capacity. Between managing the deluge of big data, the demand for new apps, and maintaining day-to-day operations, cloud gives IT an alternative to chasing servers. Being able to move faster without sinking CAPEX gives enterprises using the cloud a competitive edge. Top three reasons for using or contemplating a move to the cloud include:
2) Because it’s no longer all or nothing. Some workloads fit with the cloud model and some don’t. Cloud providers understand this and offer hybrid cloud solutions to integrate internal or dedicated resources with cloud resources. Over half of cloud buyers have implemented or are considering implementing a hybrid cloud approach. This model lets businesses looking to move slowly into the cloud migrate workloads while maintaining communication with existing infrastructure. It also enables businesses to move resource-intensive workloads to the cloud and keep compliance- or security-sensitive workloads on dedicated or on-premises hardware.
3) For better resource management. Though most enterprise teams perceive the cloud to be unreliable and less secure, the numbers tell a different story. One source estimates average enterprise data center uptime at 98.5%, about six days a year. While the industry standard uptime with most cloud providers starts at 99.99% or about an hour a year. The cloud saves nearly a week of downtime each year. On the security front, the recent Verizon Data Breach Survey notes that internally hosted assets represented 80% of data breaches in 2012, while externally hosted assets were only responsible for 26% of breaches.
4) To combat rogue IT. Nearly half of surveyed IT decision makers know that business units are already skipping over IT to acquire cloud-based systems like file storage, marketing campaign management, and collaboration. A third report doing so because internal solutions were not available or because users did not want to deal with the IT department. This sidestep may give BUs a quicker time to market, but it can also create security and compatibility issues down the line if IT has to step in to support or migrate apps or app data back into enterprise. Cloud gives IT the ability to align with business units for key initiatives and escape resource, budget, and talent restraints to deliver the services users need in a strategically and securely.
5) For more flexibility. Eight in ten IT decision makers cite cloud vendor lock-in as an important concern. In recent years, open cloud platforms, lead by OpenStack, have matured and are finding mass adoption in the enterprise. Based on open standards, OpenStack implements an orchestration standard allowing enterprises to architect once and deploy anywhere. The open model eliminates the lock-in issue giving enterprises more freedom and flexibility with where and how they deploy clouds. You can use open source software for freedom and flexibility and access compute power on demand from open cloud clouds built on open standards. With today’s cloud models, your cloud can be public, private, virtualized dedicated servers, or all of the above – in our datacenter or in your datacenter.
The cloud gives businesses a proven competitive edge, with equal or better security, a growing stack of reliable open source software, and flexible deployment options. For these five reasons, and more, CIOs can no longer ignore the value of cloud to complement and extend the existing infrastructure. Start your enterprise journey to the cloud today with our Enterprise Advisory Services team or enroll in an IT Evolution Workshop to explore your holistic, current environment and get recommendations on "best-fit" solutions between public, private, and hybrid cloud deployments.
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