The Doppler Quarterly Fall 2016 - Page 60

T o thrive in tomorrow’s cloud-focused world, enterprises are turning to an entirely new category of managed services solutions that enable unprecedented control over IT compliance and costs in the cloud. According to a recent report from 451 Research, 60% of enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by mid-2018. If you’re keeping score, that is up from today’s 41%. To get there, we have a tremendous amount of work to do. Since our inception we have been building clouds and moving applications to them. Over the years, we’ve learned that many of the traditional management and governance approaches developed for data centers just won’t work in the cloud. What is driving the demand for better cloud managed services? Here are the main drivers we see that are behind the demand for the next-generation of cloud managed services solutions. Time to Value Enterprises can’t seem to move fast enough into the cloud. Budget issues are reported as the excuse for latency, with too many entities in the mix, slowing down the process. Central IT must do much more with less, and do it more quickly. Improved Security Security breaches in both cloud and on-premise environments happen weekly, and take a prominent place in the national news. Streamlined Decision Making The lack of a permanent decision making and governing body results in a great deal of latency in the time it takes to make the decisions necessary to adopt cloud at scale. Simplifying Multi-Cloud Most enterprises are actively deploying multi-cloud environments that rely on at least two public and/or private cloud providers. This added complexity makes governance and management critical. Better Cloud Economics Today enterprises lack end-to-end visibility for financial metrics on cloud environments. Companies are ill equipped to compare current data center costs with projected cloud savings, and thus unable to analyze historical trends as a comparison and predictor of future savings. 58 | THE DOPPLER | FALL 2016