UK businesses seek agility, flexibility and speed but remain cautious about the cost of refactoring and migration
“A lot of organisations have now gained experience of using cloud applications or infrastructure. This means they are increasingly ready to accelerate the move to cloud across their business and even migrate to second generation cloud models. However, at the same time businesses have to deal with the legacy infrastructure that cannot easily be moved but still needs to be accessible and interoperate with infrastructure residing in the cloud,” explained Matthew Finnie, CTO at Interoute. “The best strategy for solving this is to connect your entire ICT estate on a common digital platform that also offers accelerated access to the major public cloud providers.”
With over a third (34%) of businesses looking to get out of infrastructure management entirely, organisations want to benefit from the off-the-shelf enhancements that cloud applications offer (41%) and push non-business critical applications, such as payroll and sales automation, to the cloud (38%). This is closely followed by the ability to move commodity and application services to the cloud (35%). Surprisingly, despite the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) quickly coming around the corner, just over a third (34%) saw this as a key consideration when making cloud infrastructure decisions.
When it comes to choosing which cloud to invest in, businesses are reviewing their choice against a number of factors. The majority (89%) see it as important to consider how close the cloud application is to the customer. While, nearly seven in 10 (68%) see the automated scaling of IT platforms as a priority when considering their IT infrastructure. This is closely followed by securing the architecture (53%), continual process evolution (52%) and facilitating a product factory (52%).
There are also signs that organisations are applying their past experience of the cloud to carefully determine the best strategy. The cloud is seen as offering the ability to manage peaks in demand, support continuous delivery and provide a secure connection to other regions and continents. Yet, given that the needs of each business are unique, over a fifth (22%) have the flexibility to decide the best infrastructure option for each application. A further one in five (21%) recognise that when the application requires a complete ‘lift and shift’ then it makes more sense to wait for that application to reach end of life before looking for a cloud option, highlighting that cloud strategies are maturing.
The results of this survey are taken from the report ‘Transforming for Success in a Changing World’ that explores the factors governing IT decision making and how senior IT professionals are preparing for change.
Interoute is the owner-operator of one of Europe’s largest networks and a global cloud services platform which encompasses 15 data centres, 17 virtual data centres and 33 colocation centres, with connections to over 200 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises and many of the world’s leading service providers, as well as governments and universities. Interoute’s Unified ICT strategy provides solutions for enterprises seeking connectivity and a scalable, secure advanced platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout Europe and USA, Interoute also owns and operates 24 connected city networks within Europe’s major business centres. www.interoute.com
About the Research
The survey, ‘Transforming for Success in a Changing World’, was carried out independently by Coleman-Parkes Research on behalf of Interoute in March 2017. The findings include feedback from 120 senior IT decision-makers in UK-based companies with global revenues of between £200M and £5 billion. It explored the challenges facing technology leaders, and how they were embracing digital transformation while reacting to wider geo-political and economic influences outside their control.
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