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Factors that will affect Cloud Management Migration in 2020

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More Posted time:Jul 22, 2020 17:27 PM
Moving to the cloud is not a mere option but a necessity for most of the organizations. They believe that cloud computing is not ‘why’ but ‘when’ to them, and they eagerly wait for other new tech advancements for their businesses.
A major amount of digitally transforming enterprises is believing in greater engagement of public cloud as well as more usage of cloud in overall IT agility. Various factors are driving cloud migration today and leading them to areas like Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence.
In 2019, Gartner forecasted worldwide public cloud revenue to grow 17.5 % with more organizations indulging in cloud migration. Techjury predicts about 65% of the overall enterprise infrastructure to be cloud-based. Added to this, Techjury also predicts nearly 82% of the additional workload to be relying on the cloud by the end of 2020. Now with this pandemic situation, this statistic can take a leap to 2021.
According to Gartner’s worldwide public cloud service revenue forecast, in 2022, the public cloud adoption rate is assumed to reach around $331.2 billion.



Forecast of Global Public Cloud Service Revenue (Billions of U.S. Dollars) [Courtesy - Garter]
These statistics definitely speak about the overall increasing necessity of cloud.

                                             Estimated Workload Functionality of Cloud
Migrating businesses to the cloud is definitely a complex process as it involves various transformations at different levels. Where everybody is concluding cloud to be their magic stick for numerous reasons, they also need to consider various factors that are expected to affect cloud management migration in the current year.
1 Business Goals
Before making a huge decision like cloud migration, the businesses should know which business goals might be completed. The organizations should know how migration can help achieve their predefined strategies.
LogicMonitor’s survey concluded that factors like IT agility (62%), mobility (55%), AI and Machine Learning (50%), and adoption of the Internet of Things (45%) will be majorly transforming the business models of organizations.
Cloud migration will not only make the organizations competent but will also trigger some of the pre-defined processes.

                                                   Trigger Factors of Cloud Migration
2 Cost
One of the major factors affecting cloud migration is the cost of migration itself. It includes the overall cost i.e., the cost of moving your system and related data to the cloud. Everything including complex functions like enabling value-added services, unique services and mandating cloud usage comes under the cost. Cloud migration cost also involves all the advantages of advanced cloud capabilities.
A 2016 Forrester report estimated that the major share of cloud migration includes labor costs more than platform and infrastructure costs. But the major benefit of using the cloud is via cloud computing, which is a paid structure and works as an operating expenditure. Moreover, the overall cost is covered once you have the cloud subscription.  

3 Disaster Recovery
To inspect your business and maintain its continuity, you need to check your disaster recovery plans. It is important to differentiate your services and know whether they need only backup or disaster recovery solutions.
According to the 2019 Global State of Cybersecurity in SMBs of Ponemon Institute, around 39% of the SMBs don’t have an immediate response plan for data breaches and attacks. Here is an analytical chart showing how most of the organizations fail to have an adequate disaster recovery plan.

When you go for cloud migration, you can have a cloud-based disaster management plan. Instead of spending every time on new software, hardware, or physical infrastructure, you need to invest in enterprise-level secondary sites.
When you opt for the cloud, you can install and test more disaster management tools with options like pay-what-you-choose. Using AWS and Azure Site Recovery, the organizations can have recovery solutions from every cloud vendor.
4 Security and Training
Security is one of the major concerns when it comes to cloud migration. It is quite daunting to shift all the important data from one site to another. Though the public cloud vendors offer excellent security solutions, using the best security methods to prevent data misplacement and derelictions, there are risks when you shift the data.

                                                                     (Courtesy - Rickscloud)
The cloud ensures the proper security of your data. With the use of advanced firewalls, event logging, and encryption, the data is completely secured. Also, cloud data centers are more secure than onsite data centers. The cloud data centers have 24 hours of monitoring systems and fingerprint locks to make them one of the most trusted services.  
The employees definitely need extra training based on different applications and their usage. The organizations should make sure that the employees are updated with all the updated security policies and are on board for implementation. For ease, they can use cloud-based applications leading to easy work management, quick work, and completion of multiple works at a time.
5 Support and Verification
Today, most of the organizations use MSPs to receive a broad range of computing services. About 90% of the organizations use Managed Service Providers for providing a major part of their IT services and infrastructure.
According to Statisia.com, the MSP market is expected to grow $229 billion by 2020, which is far more than $189 billion in 2018.

                                                                Use of MSPs in Businesses
Previously, the businesses often hired outside support to fix things that were broken or seek support for the required IT hassles. Also, they needed a third party to verify the cloud environment suggested by their cloud provider.
With time the organizations started looking for ways to avoid broken applications or services. Added, they have also started increasing the reliability, performance, and security of their employees. With the arrival of MSPs, the situation has been handled and the businesses are now capable of handling their issues. Overall, the businesses are using MSPs for fulfilling multiple roles for their customers.
Final Words
The answer to all your questions about migration is ‘do it safely, be wise not quick’. Migrating to the cloud is not something you can leave anytime and go back. It requires long-term strategies and organization-based requirements.
Therefore, the organizations should look properly at every factor and challenges related to cloud migration management and decide whether they need to migrate or not. You should seek help from a cloud expert or someone who relies on cloud service providers. This way you can know your infrastructure requirements as well as the risks associated along with the advantages and disadvantages. Considering the above key factors, it’s probably easy to go for cloud migration.
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Rupinder Kaur
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