In our recent blog, we covered the most common reasons that enterprises kick off cloud migration projects. We got a lot of great feedback and we found that there were four more reasons that are actually pretty common in the market. So, we wanted to do a follow-up that covers these four additional reasons that typically lead to a cloud migration project.
Every where you look these days, there is a new security breach or hack in the news. Unfortunately for enterprises (and consumers) across the globe, hacks are now systemic. And, one of the reasons the hacks are getting more and more common is because IT departments have more resources to manage (and often with fewer hands, too). Plus, at the end of the day, the defender has to defend everything, whereas an attacker need only find one vulnerability. The odds are heavily favored for the attacker. What enterprises are realizing, however, is that one way to help mitigate those risks is to move into the public cloud, where the public cloud provider can take care of a big part of the overall security apparatus. Enterprises are seeing that public cloud providers (and their large security teams) are better equipped to provide the first lines of defense, and thus helps keep their landscape safer.
Have you seen the term ‘GDPR’ bubbled up in your news feed lately? Probably. The deadline is fast approaching, and if you are reading this after May 25th, 2018 then it has already passed! GDPR is one of many new privacy laws going into effect (this one for the European Union) that aim to give significantly more rights to end users in terms of their data and their privacy. Regulations like the “right to be forgotten” and “must opt-in”, as well as heavy fines for companies who break the rules, are making enterprises a bit squeamish (and, rightfully so). As a result, enterprises are migrating some of the apps that handle end user data into the cloud, so they can piggyback off the cloud providers GDPR-compliant architectures. This helps remove some of the burden of compliance from an enterprises IT team directly.
Similar to bursting (which we talked about in our first entry), industries are getting more and more competitive as the years pass. This means that enterprises are always looking for a leg up on their competitors, and many of them have found that in the cloud. Not just through capacity bursting for end-user applications, but for product (and application) development, too. They’re leveraging the pay-as-you-go cost model and dynamic provisioning of the cloud for product development and testing, with the aim of getting products to market faster. Through the cloud, they’re saving time and money, but also realizing revenue faster by getting the product out sooner.
Software, like all things, must eventually come to an end. When that happens, enterprises would usually just buy the licenses for the new version alongside the new hardware to support it. But, that trend is slowing, too, in thanks to the public cloud. When datacenter-critical software has an end-of-life event announced, enterprises are now finding ways to replicate those services in the cloud directly instead of trying to extend the life cycle on-prem. Through the cloud, enterprises can decommission old licenses and hardware, as well as recognize the additional benefits of migrating that functionality into the cloud directly.
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