One of the most interesting facts to come out of Right Scale's 2015 State of the Cloud Survey was that whilst 90% of respondents are on the cloud, 68% of enterprises are currently running less than one-fifth of their application portfolio on cloud infrastructure.
Clearly, cloud is already a part of most IT strategies. That's good. But as that stat shows, there's still a lot of headroom for cloud to continue to expand within modern enterprises.
Whether because they haven't yet found the right solution, aren't sure what benefits fully transitioning could bring, or don't consider colocation and cloud to be complementary, there are still many CIOs who haven't yet fully committed to cloud. Here are a few reasons why CIOs should make the transition to the cloud:
Outsourced IT allows you to fully focus on your core competencies. Even if you have the skills in-house needed to adequately manage IT, there's still the question of whether or not you're making best and highest use of your employees' time. Outsourcing part (or all) of your IT infrastructure allows you to focus only on what you're best at, without having to worry about keeping up with the rapid change in IT.
Colocation and cloud services do work together. Despite what you may have been told, colocation and the cloud aren't mutually exclusive. Enterprises will typically have a mix of colocation and cloud services depending on various factors like security, compliance, predictability, cost, control, and more.
Making cloud part of IT greatly increases agility. Despite its many benefits, physical infrastructure does limit flexibility, nimbleness, and customization. Making cloud a greater part of your IT can greatly increase all of these things, ultimately making your business more agile in a way that's just not possible when you're tied to physical infrastructure.
An organisation's size and the complexity of their IT infrastructure are key factors in determining how, when, and which cloud services should be deployed. Successful deployments to date have already shown that an enterprise should be able to gain efficiencies migrating from on-premise to outsourced data centres or cloud. However, as businesses evolve, the need for cloud will shift, and so will its best use cases.
One size does not fit all, but hybrid solutions that match the right resources to the right solution can be tailored to fit a variety of business needs. Cloud is considered complementary to colocation and should be worked into your strategy accordingly. Although it's likely already a part of your IT strategy, today, cloud should be a strong consideration when outsourcing IT resources.
The right solutions for your business exist. In this case, it’s a matter of finding the best ones that suit your needs and making the transition as soon as possible. To learn more about the Telx Cloud Xchange or about how we can help your business find the right cloud solution, reach out via the contact page of our site, or by Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.