InfographicMoving to the Cloud? Consider Your Applications First

14 Jul 2017

From cost savings to massive scalability, shifting to a hybrid cloud model has become critical for businesses — and the numbers support it. In this infographic, explore the latest hybrid cloud statistics, best practices, and how an application-centric approach will yield the greatest benefits for your organization.

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Insight’s “2017 Intelligent Technology Index”
Harvard Business Review. (May 2017). “Adopting Hybrid Cloud Becomes a Strategic Imperative”

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The move to the cloud is on.

Among medium and large organizations, as of 2016:

84% invested in cloud services. Nearly half migrated more than 50% of corporate application workloads to public clouds.

Investment in cloud services is real.

In 2016, medium and large organizations made these investments:

57% in Software as a Service (SaaS)

51% in Security as a Service

39% in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

34% in Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

Business drivers include:

Reduced operating costs/maximized IT investment: 43%

Security management: 37%

System reliability/availability: 35%

Managing, analyzing and sharing data: 34%

Better customer experience: 34%

Innovation: 30%

There are three general phases to cloud adoption:

  1. Planning and strategy
  2. Ready to implement the strategy
  3. Seeing return on investment

No matter your stage, take an application-centric approach following these best practices:

  • Analyze workloads.
  • Classify workloads.
    • Retire
    • Rebuild
    • Rehost
    • Retain
  • Map dependencies.
  • Analyze network impact.
  • Determine operational readiness.
  • Perform cost analysis.
  • Vet application dependencies.

What’s the ultimate payoff?

  • Be more agile.
  • Gain a competitive advantage.
  • Optimize mobile apps.
  • Open new revenue streams.
  • Monetize the Internet of Things.

Cloud adopters report these benefits:

49% increased collaboration.

45% improved business agility.

43% gained a better customer experience.

43% experienced better management, analysis and sharing of data.

40% increased innovation.