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Mind the Gap(s): Three Important Steps to Take on Your Cloud Journey

in Cloud, Managed Services, Technology

It’s no surprise that the ability to drive new business value and competitive advantage in the digital era is highly dependent on IT transformation. A recent report from 451 Research shows that forward-looking IT leaders are embracing the challenge by leveraging cloud strategies to most efficiently and effectively transform and modernize their IT.

For many organizations, it’s the last mile of their cloud journey that can be the most difficult as they face the inherently more complex challenges involved with migrating legacy applications and mission-critical workloads to modern cloud environments.  

Most enterprise companies find there can be significant gaps within their organizations – from a shortage of time and resources to a lack of skills and expertise – when it comes to migrating and managing cloud environments. In fact, a majority of organizations today harbor no illusions about the strengths of their own teams’ cloud-related capabilities, with 71% revealing they believe managed cloud services will be a better use of their money in the future, and a strong majority adding that managed services allow their teams to focus on their core competencies and other strategic IT projects. 

The pressures to leverage cloud continue to grow more prevalent each year. As enterprise companies continue to migrate more applications to the cloud – particularly those with mission-critical workloads – here are three steps forward-looking IT leaders are taking to ensure their journeys are smooth and successfully deliver more scale, efficiency, speed and agility to their businesses.

1. Approach hybrid-cloud as the new normal.

In the public cloud space, 451 Research findings show 72% of enterprises say they are already using more than one vendor today, with well more than half noting they are moving toward a hybrid IT environment to leverage both on-premises systems and off-premises cloud/hosted resources in an integrated fashion. As hybrid and multicloud become the new normal for enterprise IT architectures, achieving optimized workload migration, integration and operations will typically require new skills sets. As such, the research indicates that enterprises of all sizes will look to utilize cloud managed services to fill those gaps.

Enterprises can ensure the best possible outcomes by being clear and upfront about their internal capabilities… or shortcomings. By working with managed cloud services providers to fill gaps in their cloud know-how, organizations can expect to accelerate their journey to a cloud platform that will work best for their specific workloads, and also be capable of powering a more flexible and agile IT environment to keep pace in the future as their business needs grow and evolve. 

2. Seek a trusted cloud partner with proven mission-critical know-how.

Fundamentally, choosing a cloud provider for your mission-critical applications is all about trust. You want to know your applications will be secure, meet regulatory requirements, and deliver high performance for the business. It’s essential to define your mission-critical needs before moving applications to cloud. Typically, these will include applications that store sensitive data, process sales and e-commerce transactions, enhance employee productivity, or deliver customer experience. As the definition of mission-critical can vary from one organization to another, each application or workload must be approached with tested expertise to determine how best to migrate and optimally manage workloads in an enterprise cloud environment. 

By selecting the right, trusted partner with proven mission-critical chops, enterprises can ensure a disruption-free migration and the security of their critical data throughout the process, with as much – or little – support as their business requires. 

3. Leverage expert cloud managed services to mind the gap(s) in the last mile.

With enterprise IT growing increasingly complex, the report from 451 Research highlights key areas of managed cloud services that should expect to see growth in 2020, including managed migration and integration, managed security services, cost and performance optimization, and ongoing monitoring services. 

With expert managed cloud services like Virtustream’s xStreamCare portfolio, there’s no need for a business’ IT staff to go the last mile alone. Organizations with complex, mission-critical applications can confidently move to the cloud with expert managed service providers to help them mitigate their skill gaps. Partnering with a managed services provider with proven methodologies and best practices can ensure a smooth, efficient transformation to a modernized, cloud-based platform, with support for each stage of the journey, from planning to production.

Virtustream is an enterprise-class cloud company trusted by businesses and organizations globally to transform and move their mission-critical applications to the cloud. Virtustream offers the reliability, security, compliance and performance of a dedicated private cloud, combined with the flexibility, scalability and economic benefits of a public cloud. You can learn more about Virtustream’s Enterprise Cloud and xStreamCare portfolio of managed and professional services here.