Enterprises across industries are choosing to modernize their current IT infrastructures to keep up with market demands. Migrating to the cloud allows enterprises to move workloads (a Web server, a database, emails, applications, etc.), from a non-cloud environment (e.g. on-premise servers) to a cloud environment. Understanding why and how to start an enterprise transformation is the first step in your journey to realizing the benefits of the cloud.

Cloud industry facts

The cloud computing industry is growing at an expediated rate:

spent by U.S. companies
in cloud computing in 2019

spent in cloud computing by 2023

CAGR of the industry

of firms consider cloud migration
as part of their IT Strategy

Enterprises are no longer wonder if they’ll move to the cloud, they’re figuring out when. Studies have shown that:
  • Cloud strategy objectives are being prioritized to migrate existing workloads, build native applications, and leverage different cloud hosting solutions (private, public, hybrid, etc.)
 
  • Cloud migration and applications modernization are converging. Most clients are devising a strategy to evaluate candidate applications, determine modernization efforts they should apply, and execute migration their plan accordingly.

The cloud can help your business achieve

  • Cost Avoidance
Reduce IT costs through data center consolidation    
  • Scalability
Scale up or down business operations and storage as needed    
  • Increased Compliance
Decreased capital expenditure needed to comply with changing regulatory environments    
  • Resiliency
Automatic failover based on needs and availability zones reduces overall burden on IT teams    
  • Flexible Strategy Enablement
    • Lift-and-shift: Direct migration through replication of workload
    • Lift-and-extend: Modifies the workload before migration to suit the cloud environment
    • Hybrid: Build new capabilities in cloud while keeping the existing ones in its original environment
    • Full rebuild: Complete or major rewrites to the workload
   
  • Flexibility and Agility to adapt to business demand through faster time to market (ability to set-up new services in a short timeframe)
   
  • Global Locality
Reliability for project collaboration, access to data across different locations with fewer time delays

Service providers in the industry

There are several players in the industry that can help your enterprise start, accelerate, and maximize the benefits of your transformation. The following experts can play key roles throughout different stages of your cloud journey to ensure a successful migration:

Consulting Firms
Process & portfolio evaluation, provide operational and technical expertise, and migration acceleration

Global Systems Integrators
Wide range of capabilities including transformational strategy development and implementation

Cloud Specialists
Solution selection & architecture design


Hosting Suppliers
Direct migration guidance

Getting your cloud migration started

As enterprises are getting ready to unleash the potential of the cloud, it is important to develop and follow an IT transformation strategy by:

  • Defining your business needs and goals, understand the costs and benefits of migration and obtain real estimates based on your company’s numbers.
  • Devising a migration strategy after careful application portfolio analyses.
  • Identifying potential risks, challenges, and obstacles in the planning, assessment, and execution of migration.

In this digital era, moving to the cloud is inevitable. Understanding your landscape, defining the right migration strategy that aligns with your business needs, and partnering with the right players is key to ensure a successful migration.