So what’s stopping businesses from moving to the cloud?

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Adrian Kelly, DNA IT Solutions

Migration to the cloud is often hampered by confusion. It doesn’t have to be

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Even though cloud computing is not a new idea and every business now uses some form of cloud technology service, globally it is estimated that around 80% of critical IT workloads are still running on-premises, with equipment that a company owns and manages.

From our experience, we see that most companies are interested in the cloud and many have tried using the cloud before, but there are many factors holding back adoption. Migration to the cloud is often hampered by confusion about what options are available and where to start.

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Here are some of the most common:

  • The hidden costs of using cloud services are a major issue – right now many businesses have had a bad experience with the cloud being more expensive than they expected and there are still stories of it. horror about the bad experiences of different companies.
  • Unpredictable costs – in particular, exit fees that can catch people off guard. This is when the costs of extracting data from the cloud environment are much higher than expected and can make the entire cloud solution unprofitable.
  • Confusing Pricing Models – Some of the pricing models from public cloud providers are designed to fool the customer and, oddly enough, always tend to favor the provider if the costs are higher than expected. The problem may be that no matter what pricing model you put in place initially, changes in the environment can lead to unexpected fee increases. We have seen several customers who have tried running an application in the cloud and ended up taking it back to traditional server infrastructure because the costs have simply skyrocketed.
  • Vendor lock-in – this is a real issue for some cloud services, as the more tailor-made and more complex a solution can rely heavily on specific tools put in place by the vendor. The problem is that in many cases this leads to a situation where the customer is “locked” in that particular cloud service and the move is going to be very difficult, complex and expensive.
  • It can be difficult to tell the difference between one public cloud or the other. Choosing which one to work with is difficult for some clients, as vendors are often seen as all offering roughly the same thing.

Time for a better approach

The IBM cloud was developed by learning from the mistakes and shortcomings of the first generation of vendors. It is designed from the ground up to support the most complex business applications and so-called “legacy” systems, which were designed in the age of traditional IT infrastructure and do not always perform well in a cloud environment. .

DNA IT chose to partner with IBM as the leading cloud provider because we saw first-hand the challenges many customers have faced in the market.

We have found that what businesses need from an MSP offering cloud services are things like clear and predictable costs – so that IT budgets can be realistic and financial planning is meaningful and there is have flexibility to respond to changing business needs.

To give a recent example, one of our charity clients was hosting an annual televised fundraising concert and had to host a donation web page for a weekend during the concert or even in the days. that followed. This short-term website was going to generate huge visitor traffic with unpredictable spikes in demand over the weekend and during the first live TV broadcast. DNA IT was able to create a high performance, resilient, clustered web server environment in the IBM cloud and have it build, test and prepare for the TV gig in a week. Once the event has passed, the environment can be shut down and the customer will not need this level of performance until the same event occurs a year from now. It’s a great example of the power, speed, and flexibility of the cloud. You just can’t dream of going that fast with your in-house infrastructure, and even if you could, the costs would be astronomical and out of reach for businesses in the SMB sector.

Safety is on everyone’s mind and for good reason. Customers should feel that moving to the cloud is not going to negate their security. They need a cloud environment where security is a design, not an afterthought. Security must be first and foremost in the minds of the technical team that builds the cloud systems for the customer. This is essential because too often we have seen that security only kicks in at the end of the project, and people are trying to secure something that is already designed and built, rather than having security built in from the start.

Cloud providers are not security companies, they just provide infrastructure, whereas IBM is the only global cloud provider that is also a leading global security company. You really feel the difference when you design a cloud architecture – the focus is on security from the start.

The future of cloud technology is based on the idea that IT is flexible and able to offer a real competitive advantage to companies. It must allow customers to develop their business and be able to react quickly to changing circumstances. Moving to the cloud doesn’t mean the customer is locked in and has less control and freedom than in the old traditional model.

It’s no surprise to us that IBM Cloud is growing so quickly and is now the third largest vendor in the world. This allowed DNA IT to deliver services without the issues of first generation vendors. Customers benefit from the flexibility and scalability of the cloud, but with security services built into the design, fixed monthly costs, no punitive exit fees, and the freedom to easily migrate workloads, should your needs change. .

Adrian Kelly is Director of Sales and Marketing for DNA IT Solutions




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