We spend a lot of time talking about cloud migration processes and how to both optimize your journey and ensure success. What we don’t always spend a lot of time talking about, however, is what kicks off an enterprise’s cloud migration in the first place. What are the signs or events that most commonly result in an enterprise cloud migration? We’ve dug into our customer and market data to put together a list of the four most common reasons.
Among our data, this is actually one of the most common triggers, whereby the private datacenter an enterprise is currently doing business with has their renewal coming up soon. In recent years, sometimes this might have included a price hike, too. In any event, enterprises decided at this point that it would be more cost-effective (to say nothing of other cloud benefits) to simply terminate the datacenter contract and migrate the application landscape (and data) into the public cloud.
When two companies merge, aligning the application landscapes and data are often a big challenge. Doing so across multiple on-prem (or rented) datacenters can make that even more onerous. For that reason, enterprises often find that moving key applications and data into the cloud make this process easier. Being in the cloud (instead of on-prem) has the added benefit of also making it easier to accommodate new geographies and employees (from the acquisition), ultimately making it a smoother transition.
Whether it is the normal progression of a growing (or shrinking) business, or huge capacity jumps during seasonal shifts, the ability to rapidly increase or decrease compute is a huge benefit for enterprises. Instead of having to pay the maximum for on-prem capacity, you can instead shift your capacity on-demand and pay-as-you-go. This model becomes extremely attractive to enterprises both in terms of cost-effectiveness and agility, often kicking off cloud migration projects.
Software and Hardware Refreshes
When you manage on an on-prem datacenter you’ve got to keep everything up to date. For software, this means expensive on-prem licenses (instead of SaaS-based licenses). And, as software versions get upgraded, this also means more powerful hardware to handle the upgraded versions. As a result, when enterprises evaluate an upcoming refresh cycle, sometimes it’s significantly less expensive to decommission on-prem software and hardware, and instead either subscribe to the SaaS-based counterpart or do a lift-and-shift of that application into the public cloud. Which path an enterprise goes down depends greatly on the app (and available SaaS options), but the end result remains the same: the beginning of a cloud migration project.
If you’re considering a cloud migration project, be sure to read up on Velostrata’s purpose-built, enterprise-grade cloud migration platform, or drop us a line to talk to one of our cloud migration specialists.