For most businesses, that’s often how it feels when the inevitable topic of cloud comes up. Everyone is doing it, apparently. Except there’s a catch. Despite surging growth, so far only around 23% of our infrastructure has actually moved – for most organizations often only the low-hanging fruit – mail servers, file/print, web infrastructure: in other words, the less complex, less critical workloads.
Today, the reality is that most organizations are operating a mixture of on-premises and cloud-based tech – better known as a hybrid IT model. In fact, hybrid IT is actually the dominant and growing trend among most players. We commissioned research into this, and discovered that the pace of hybrid adoption among established players is accelerating. Unlike legacy-free start-ups, which often start off cloud native, most organizations are weighed down by systems of record that cannot simply be jettisoned – and nor should they.
Of course cloud is a temptation for legacy-loaded players, under competitive pressure to rapidly launch a new digital service or keep up with a new disruptive competitor.
Too often this approach overlooks the long-term impacts of adding a cloud environment into the mix. These may be to do with technology, for example, to win scalability and latency, or could relate to security and compliance: who exactly is responsible for your data? There could also be an impact on any number of other factors, such as orchestration, management, skills optimization – even the very core strategy on which your business depends.
This article asks and answers the most pressing questions about cloud and the new world of hybrid IT. To achieve this, we start with the core question: what workloads are candidates for cloud migration and which ones do experts recommend leaving on-premises – and why?
A word of warning, however: amid all these choices, it is vital to remember that going hybrid is not a destination, and no organization should add increased complexity without good reason. The real question is “what do you want to achieve?”. Some of the more compelling answers may include greater workplace flexibility, better service and price competitiveness, total control over critical workloads, or transformation of business processes.
Any consideration of a hybrid architecture needs to start with these strategic considerations, and Fujitsu can provide insight and advice.
This Q& looks at the 10 questions that customers should ask when considering a hybrid model. When it comes to the actual technology choices, workload requirements on infrastructure are very different and require informed decisions. Our goal is to provide answers to the key questions you should ask to determine your optimal hybrid IT strategy.