A study of public cloud migrators
Is hybrid cloud an obvious reality or a conservative strategy?
Some claim the private cloud is dead, and that hybrid cloud is a conservative approach rather than common sense. But in practice, things are different. In 2017, Red Hat commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the cloud migration strategies of organisations by conducting an online survey with 272 respondents and four interviews with cloud migrators at enterprises all over the world. Download the report to learn more.
A Forrester Report
This study explores private cloud investment plans for cloud migrators as part of a two-part series that details the current practices and future plans of cloud migrators. Specifically, this study attempts to answer one gnawing question: Is the future really hybrid, or are complete migrations to public cloud platforms the new normal? The focus of this study was to speak specifically to those who are currently migrating existing workloads to the public cloud — a population that few have profiled thus far — to better understand migration practices and if there is still a role for private cloud to play.
Public cloud’s early success came from new workload enablement, providing a unique economic model that lowered the financial barrier for workloads with variability. Existing workloads, on the other hand, required significant additional spending to ready for cloud and lacked benefits from this financial model. For several years, enterprises have described their cloud strategies as hybrid — using a mix of cloud and non-cloud technologies to solve for their technology challenges. This conversation has since changed.
The topic of enterprise cloud migration kicked off in 2015 when an American multinational conglomerate used an industry keynote to discuss its own migration plans — claiming an aggressive, public cloud-only strategy rather than the generally accepted hybrid cloud approach. Since then, the idea gained momentum as enterprises explore this shift, with many already underway on their migration.
The actual details behind cloud migration in practice are largely unknown. Many assume that leaders are undergoing mass migration of all applications, using a low-cost lift-and-shift method to completely migrate all apps. Some claim the private cloud is dead, and that hybrid cloud is a conservative approach rather than common sense, but in practice, things are different. Data shows continued investment in private cloud initiatives and that approaches are less aggressive. Even the initial conglomerate that keynoted has since shared plans to extend certain apps into co-location facilities instead due to cost.
In July 2017, Red Hat commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the cloud migration strategies of organisations by conducting an online survey with 272 respondents and four interviews with cloud migrators at enterprises all over the world.
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