We like to posit that the migration to the cloud will be the most transformative technology trend of our generation. But it’s not just because we’re bullish on the cloud and it’s wide-ranging benefits to business – study after study point to double digit year-over-year growth in IT spending on cloud assets. One of the most significant of these studies- sponsored by Intel and released earlier this year – suggests that 80 percent of all IT spending will be allocated to the cloud in just the next 18 months (or, since we’re now in December, by the start of FY17).
And the lion’s share of this spending will occur across the largest, most interconnected Enterprise businesses – those that rely on efficiency, reliability and security across global business platforms that already are cloud-facing. But 2017 will be a big year for the cloud and CIOs will doubtlessly be moving to make big strides in their cloud migration.
Multi-national firms with potentially tens of thousands of apps, hundreds of thousands of servers and petabytes of storage will need smart, capable tools to help in their migration. Following are four reasons Enterprise companies will look to internet performance tools to manage their migration to the cloud:
Manage Infrastructure Elasticity
Given the rapid growth in cloud networks that is already in full motion, managing elasticity will be a key consideration for any CIO. Many Enterprise businesses will be using multiple cloud environments with interconnected networks. IT decision makers will need to utilize Internet Performance Management (IPM) solutions to gain global-scale insight and control into performance considerations. Not only will these tools help to manage the financial changes that occur during peak and non-peak cloud rates around the world (optimizing spend), they can also help control load as usage and performance characteristics change with each time zone and region (optimizing performance).
The security landscape is constantly shifting and the world’s top Enterprise companies are heavily invested in security for IT. However, as workflows migrate at faster speeds to the cloud and rest on hybrid cloud configurations between data centers and external cloud resources, security becomes more nuanced. Enter partners, remote and mobile employees and those dispersed in dozens of locations around the world (potentially friendly or hostile to your business), and security in the cloud becomes even more important.
Monitoring and managing these assets from one dashboard and being alerted when route hijacks and other anomalies come into play will be critical as business becomes more cloud-based and more global.
Large multi-nationals with many, many servers, data centers and interconnected systems can have repathing issues that are not immediately apparent to IT staff – largely because without a tool that allows for system transparency there is no real way to measure for pathing performance. IPM tools give SysAds and other execs the visibility into their system paths for full optimization and gives control for repathing that will add value across the global business.
There is perhaps no bigger consideration for the Enterprise than managing and mitigating risk. While enhancing security in the cloud is a component of risk management, mitigating risk from routine maintenance and human error, latencies pertaining to internet or network volatility and other disruptions that are harmful to business must be a top priority as hybrid configurations become a business mainstay. Again, using internet performance and IPM tools to allow SysAds real-time visibility, insight and control into internal and external assets is a critical tool to ensuring risk thresholds in the cloud are kept negligible.