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Demystifying Cloud Transformation with Managed Services


in Business, Cloud, Executive, Managed Services, Multi-Cloud

Everyone loves a good mystery. But, in the work place, nobody likes to be mystified. Thankfully, in the world of IT, deep expertise can solve even the most complex challenges. Industry analyst firm 451 Research recently completed a Pathfinder paper, Demystifying Cloud Transformation: Where Enterprises Should Start,  offering deep insights regarding how hybrid-cloud and multi-cloud IT environments are quickly becoming the new normal for enterprise organizations. 

The paper, commissioned by Virtustream, takes an in-depth look at how organizations can demystify cloud transformation and plan a well-orchestrated migration for their mission-critical applications. The study also examines the significant benefits to using expert managed services for cloud migrations and management, driven, in part, by the increasing complexity of enterprise IT environments. So, what else does the study reveal?

Hybrid and Multi-cloud: the New Normal

According to the study, 57% of those surveyed are moving toward a hybrid IT environment that leverages both on-premises and off-premises cloud resources. 72% indicated that they’re using more than one public cloud vendor – in fact, 8% are using more than three today.

But as this hybrid/multi-cloud approach becomes the default enterprise IT architecture, a new set of skills is required for organizations to optimize workload migration, integration and operations. Enterprise organizations of all sizes are clear about their internal cloud-related capabilities and are looking to managed and professional services providers to fill gaps in their cloud expertise and deliver faster, better results.

Overcoming IT and Operational Challenges on the Path to Cloud

The study finds that many of the current roadblocks to a multi-cloud environment aren’t technical, but operational – such as meeting regulatory and security requirements and their corresponding processes and paperwork. In fact, 58% cite governance and compliance as their top operational roadblock. And on the technical side, moving to the cloud introduces new complexities such as migration, changes in capacity planning, and new and more diverse cost/consumption scenarios.

IT challenges are focused on data protection and security, governance, compliance, and migrating workloads to new IT environments. A majority of enterprise respondents cited security as the primary challenge to cloud adoption, with 60% of respondents saying that data protection and security were at the top of their list of concerns.

Compatibility and cost management are also key hurdles for 47% of respondents, due to a lack of skills in-house, a critical requirement in transforming business processes along with IT operations.

Managed Services Can Clear the Journey to the Cloud

Organizations can confidently approach moving to the cloud because managed services providers can help them meet their technical and skills gaps. Managed infrastructure providers step in for the most pressing enterprise needs today, with a range of service offerings that span hosted private cloud, public cloud, and professional services, effectively reducing the need for internal resources to drive the cloud transformation, reducing operating and support costs, and improving service levels, all while efficiently maintaining application portfolios. This can be achieved by blending access to public clouds and hosted private cloud platforms with existing IT operations, in a way that is compatible with the entire migration lifecycle. The journey allows for a smoother transformation to modern IT practices and service delivery.

To learn more about how Virtustream xStreamCare services can help your organization accelerate its cloud migration journey and achieve your IT and business objectives, you can contact us here.