Reading the headlines a few years ago, it was easy to assume that, before long, enterprises would be making a sweeping, all-inclusive migration to the cloud. When they got a break from counting all the money they saved, the IT team may have a few tasks now and then, but cloud was largely going to change the way IT was done.
The cloud has certainly changed things, but enterprises are learning the value of a gradual cloud migration. In fact, a recent report by 451 Research commissioned by Schneider Electric details some of the impact of moving too quickly to the cloud for data storage.
In many cases, enterprises moved data storage to the cloud only to transfer it back to an on-premises data center. While the report says that cloud infrastructure is expected to grow at a 16 percent compound annual growth rate by 2020, on-site enterprise data storage capacity will drop only four points.
In the past two years, 41 percent of respondents reported moving applications from the cloud back to colocation facilities. According to the report, here are a few reasons for the phenomenon:
Latency or performance issues: Of the respondents, 47 percent said that latency or performance suffered when data was housed in the cloud.
Cost: Colocation was more cost-effective for 45 percent of those surveyed, while 39 percent said they preferred more predictable data storage costs.
Security: The report found that 37 percent did not believe data protection was adequate in their cloud data server.
It’s clear that there is no single cause for a migration back to on-site data storage. What may be a practical takeaway is that gradual migration to the cloud is generally preferable to a mass exodus. There are several reasons why a gradual approach sets enterprises up for cloud success:
Total cost of ownership is often misunderstood: Enterprises may go into cloud solutions expecting big cost savings because they aren’t purchasing hardware, there’s a reduction in maintenance costs, and the subscription fees can be categorized as operating expenses. What’s often missed is that cold data storage may be cheaper in the cloud, but accessing it in a timely manner may be a bit pricier than anticipated.
Sometimes, a hybrid approach is ideal. When a gradual move to cloud computing is embraced, enterprises often find they can best optimize their systems with a hybrid environment. A dashboard can unify the systems into one customized monitoring center, and the enterprise can continue to evaluate whether additional cloud services will be a good fit with their on-site systems.
A quality data center partner removes the time-consuming tedium of network management from your workload, allowing you to focus on more strategic projects and goals. At TeleConsult, we work with enterprises to determine the right timeline and approach for cloud migration. Contact us for an initial appointment.