As I travel the world and talk with customers, each has a similar yet different story: Their business is changing and often factors completely out of their control are disrupting the status quo. These businesses understand that they need to rethink IT and make some dramatic changes, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Instead of letting infrastructure hold them back, these companies are succeeding by implementing today's newest technologies and partnering with industry experts. And what they're finding may surprise you: The new era of hybrid IT is improving the way they run their business and is helping them deliver new and differentiated services. By embracing the additional values hybrid IT provides, businesses can create their right mix of public cloud, private cloud, and on-premises solutions, while deploying services where they are best suited to be run.
Look at any number of business plans for companies outside the technology sector and one thing you're not likely to find is any explanation of how enthusiastic the entrepreneurs are about building, owning, operating or managing their information management infrastructure. The same would be true for developers writing software, webmasters building and managing websites or just about anyone else outside information technology (IT). Simply getting that infrastructure off your plate and assigning that responsibility to a major cloud services provider like Amazon, Microsoft (a Cavirin partner), IBM, Google or others has been a very attractive driver motivating companies to consider cloud services from the very beginning. When those companies began to add up the cost of owning the equipment, powering the equipment, cooling the equipment, maintaining and repairing the equipment, managing the equipment and the physical plant and all the other predictable and unpredictable costs involved in running their IT infrastructure, they soon realized that they could significantly reduce their costs while letting a large, reliable cloud provider handle it. One of the drivers that formerly held companies back from using cloud services was their existing investments in information infrastructure.
Through elasticity, increased agility and pay-as-you-go models, the cloud offers a true utility model for information technology (IT) services. While the benefits are compelling, applications that rely on legacy technology are not readily portable to the cloud. To overcome this shortcoming, migrating these applications requires use of one of the 5 Gartner Rs: re-host, refactor, revise, rebuild or replace. Despite the adoption of these strategies, the process of migration to the cloud makes customers heavily dependent on the cloud service providers (CSPs). Many enterprises feel compelled to do what they consider "safe" -- entering the cloud by single sourcing to one of the well-known giant cloud service providers at punitive costs.
Cloud Computing is no longer be the new kid on the block in IT domain, but it's not as mainstream as you might think; in fact, a recent report reveals that in 2017 65% of Enterprises had yet to migrate to the Cloud. The standout cause for this was meager knowledge of Cloud adoption to decide to move – a concern experienced by almost all industries. "The Cloud" is omnipresent and even if your firm has not yet migrated, you are presumably using some sort of Cloud Computing in your routine life. For example, if you are signing into web-enabled services such as your Amazon or Netflix account, you're utilizing the platform's Cloud settings to do so. So what are the gains of Cloud Computing that make such large organizations adopt this way of running?