The confident move to the cloud: accelerating with resiliency and security


Understanding cloud success and confidence

The move to the cloud is integral to virtually every digital and business transformation strategy. It allows enterprises to make better use of their data and offer better customer experiences. But if shifting to the cloud offers so many benefits, why have only a small fraction of enterprise workloads and applications been moved there, and what factors impact success and organisational confidence when doing so?

Research and methodology

To better understand this balancing act, IBM Services commissioned a survey conducted by IBM Market Development & Insights (MD&I). The team interviewed 201 business and technology leaders to better understand the degree of confidence organisations have in their move to the cloud and what, if anything, would help reassure them that they can continue to accelerate cloud adoption. Below are three trends that point towards businesses having greater confidence when moving to the cloud.

Trend 1: less scepticism, more commitment

47 per cent of organisations indicate moderate to low levels of confidence, indicating some gaps in preparedness.

Despite significant progress in the journey to the cloud, there’s still quite a way to go in the coming years, even for more advanced organisations. Within two years, respondents expect to have 57 per cent of their workloads migrated, compared with 33 per cent today. Despite this progress, two-thirds of companies also report facing internal scepticism when it comes to moving the next set of workloads and applications to the cloud. Notably, the greatest scepticism comes from the top levels of organisations.

Nearly all organisations report having some degree of confidence in achieving their cloud migration goals. More than half – 53 per cent – have a high degree of confidence that they can attain their goals. However, challenges do exist. For the next set of workloads and applications, 47 per cent of organisations indicate moderate to low levels of confidence, indicating some gaps in preparedness.

Click here to find out how Iptor moved to the cloud with confidence.

Trend 2: less uncertainty, more expertise

39 per cent of respondents indicated insufficient expertise in hybrid multicloud environments as a challenge for moving their next set of workloads to the cloud

The move to the cloud is a pervasive and expanding goal across businesses and will continue to increase the complexity and speed of change in IT ecosystems. Compliance, security, resilience, location, management: all these challenges require organisational commitment, investment and robust solutions and expertise.

To properly begin a cloud-based transformation, the whole organisation needs to be on board and focused on driving value. Companies seek an IT partner that can offer business continuity across any cloud and any destination. A confident move to the cloud requires upfront investment, but this in turn delivers long-term success and lasting outcomes.

With the right strategy, teams can migrate workloads and modernise applications to virtually any cloud to maximise return on investment from existing applications and infrastructure, without compromising security and resiliency.

Click here to see how Mitsubishi moved to the Cloud at scale.

Trend 3: less risk, more resiliency

66 per cent of respondents indicated the most serious of these challenges is ensuring proper security and resiliency protections

The business impact of outages or unplanned downtime is high – even more so in a hybrid multicloud environment. Integrating resiliency into this environment in the planning stage helps organisations mitigate pitfalls and costly outages in their journey to the cloud. Delivering resiliency in a hybrid multicloud environment requires highly specialised skills, an integrated strategy aligned with business processes, and advanced technologies, including orchestration for data protection and recovery.

Most organisations also prioritised the challenges associated with moving away from legacy systems that are cloud ready, managing multiple clouds and vendors as other key obstacles. When we talk about migration to a multicloud environment, organisations’ traditional networks must now be redesigned to manage that migration.

Click here to watch Isbank CTO discuss migrating with resilience.

Feeling confident?

The move to the cloud is an expanding goal for businesses, and will continue to increase the complexity and speed of change in IT ecosystems. The whole organisation needs to be on board and focused on driving value. It’s essential that operating teams know that resilience, with orchestration for data protection and recovery, has been infused into a hybrid multicloud strategy from the beginning.

With the right partner you can move to any cloud with confidence that will help you optimise your IT to maximise ROI and accelerate your digital transformation.

Click here to download the full report here.


Visit our website www.ibm.com/uk-en/services/cloud/security-and-resiliency or contact Brian O’Brien, Infrastructure Services, IBM Digital Sales [email protected]



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