Mitigating the real cost of migration

May 21, 2015
Mitigating the real cost of migration

In our previous blog post we talked to VMware’s chief technologist for hybrid cloud, Simone Brunozzi, about the advantages of hybrid cloud for enterprise and start-up customers. This time we caught up with Simone to explain how enterprises can reduce the cost of migration to the cloud. See what he has to say below.

Under the constant pressure to respond to ongoing market changes, today’s organisations require flexible IT. The public cloud plays a key role in this, offering enterprises the ability to test new applications and to scale out quickly and cost-effectively. This makes it an ideal first step for many, doesn’t it? Let me explain why there is often more to this answer than meets the eye.

The benefits that can be gained from using public cloud for things like test and development or specific workloads like a web app, have made it a popular choice for organisations today. However, these benefits often cannot be felt forever. Once enterprises start to experiment with multiple public clouds for example, the benefits can start to ebb away because of the complexity involved. Suddenly an organisation requires a lot more staff because of the need for people who have an intrinsic understanding of Amazon Stack, Open Stack, Azure, VMware, and not to mention security. As Gartner verifies, security concerns are one of the biggest issues impacting adoption of the public cloud. This is where the private cloud comes in, offering greater security, but at the cost of flexibility, scalability and low costs associated with public cloud.

That’s why CIOs and IT managers aim to strike the balance between the need for the agility of public cloud to meet business demands, and the need to protect against risk with private cloud. But here’s the catch: Migration between the two is far from easy, after all, switching providers is not only very difficult, but it’s costly.

Mismanaged cloud migration can be expensive but the costs can be mitigated if the correct solution is used. I would argue that the whole private cloud vs public cloud argument is dead. It’s all about hybrid. Hybrid solutions like vCloud Air allow enterprises to have workloads both in the cloud and on premise, all the while being able to manage them with the same tools, enabling workloads and applications to move seamlessly between any and all environments.

And so I return full circle back to my original question. The public cloud’s ability to offer cost effectiveness and simplicity makes it an ideal first step, doesn’t it? Perhaps. But when it comes to cloud migration, it’s important to get it right first time. It is the flexibility and choice afforded by the hybrid cloud which gives organisations the long-lasting value they need from their infrastructure. It is the hybrid cloud that helps to mitigate migration costs, minimise security risks, and create an environment in which corporate goals can be achieved.

Find out more about how hybrid cloud enables the future of enterprise in our video series featuring EMEA CTO Joe Baguley and technologist Peter Cochrane.

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