The World is Moving to Cloud but Which Way Will it Turn?

The future could be messy

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In today's digital world, change is the only constant for organisations. With the exponential data growth driven by digitalisation, cloud is no longer optional for organisations looking to remain competitive. They are on a software-defined journey and are looking for ways to best leverage cloud services in all their favours. At this pace, the expectations are high for the IT department looking to support the needs of the business. This could mean becoming more agile, streamlining operations or reducing costs to free up resources that can be repurposed.

The need to go faster and be more responsive can lead to an IT environment that is fragmented and ultimately more fragile. In turn, this fragmentation can also complicate the efficient management and protection of the company's information assets.

As we see the world moving to the cloud, what direction do we expect businesses to travel?

Private Cloud Infrastructure

The private cloud is an ideal option for organisations prioritising the need to keep confidential data in country or on-site. This consideration, coupled with the perception that private clouds are less risky and offer easier service level management, means that more organisations are continuing to push workloads to private cloud infrastructure rather than public. A fear of being locked into public cloud vendors is also driving enterprises to the private cloud.

The Public Cloud

A common perception is that less important workloads will migrate to the cloud at a much faster rate than critical workloads. However, from a recent study we found that this is not the case. Across the board, workloads of all types are migrating to the public cloud at similar rates.

Cost and agility is a big driver for organisations to move more workloads to public cloud. Nevertheless, security concerns are a deterrent for many organisations despite significant improvement in this area over the past few years.

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