Despite early resistance to Cloud migration, the evolution of Public Cloud offerings has reached a tipping point and mainstream adoption of such services is on the rise. With more and more vendors investing in on-shore data centres, initial concerns over data sovereignty have begun to ease and even mainstream government and business organisations are now moving critical business functions to the Cloud.
The Evolution of Public Cloud in Australia, a new research paper from Data#3, explores how market maturation has changed the considerations for customers looking to move services to Public Cloud environments. The paper examines how new models have emerged that embrace a mix of enabling, delivering, and managing different combinations of Private and Public Cloud alongside on-premises IT infrastructure.
As such, the Cloud is becoming ‘the single lens through which to view infrastructure, service delivery, and management’. According to Data#3, the benefits are obvious – software is automatically updated, the burden of maintaining operating environments is handled elsewhere and scalability can be shaped up or down depending on demand.
The conversation has moved on from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), with the maturation of Software, Data, and Platform services from the likes of VMware and Microsoft.
Vendors have evolved their market positioning to reflect the clarity that many organisations now exhibit in identifying their specific needs. Each have particular strengths – Microsoft in collaboration tools, scale, and investment; VMWare in their unparalleled virtualisation; meaning that, whatever your organisational requirements, it has become easier than ever to transition to the Cloud without unduly altering your day to day operations.
Subtleties in pricing versus performance require a nuanced understanding of an organisation’s specific needs. Nonetheless, scalability, resiliency, service levels and agility are all tangible benefits for any organisation’s operational strategy and potential adopters will benefit from trusted advisors to help them navigate their transition to the Cloud and adapt to the accelerated pace of change. To learn more about how to determine the right Cloud migration strategy for your business, click here.