vCORE Technology Partners | June 9, 2020
If you’ve been following the IT industry for the last 10 years, you’ve likely been inundated with this nebulous concept and oft-used term: “Cloud.”
I’m not here to debate the differences between nuanced terms like hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, native cloud, public cloud, private cloud, cloud native, etc. Rather, let’s just accept that cloud is good, regardless of where it is, on-premises or otherwise.
I subscribe to the NIST definition that showcases the five essential characteristics of cloud as:
- On-demand self-service
- Broad network access
- Resource pooling
- Rapid elasticity
- Measured service
If you meet these five, you have a cloud, period.
Now that we have that settled, let’s move on to why we’re actually here: the 2020 Flexera State of the Cloud Report. Formerly the Rightscale State of Cloud Report, these yearly reports have been a staple in the industry since 2012 and have aided decision-makers along the way.
Today, I will highlight five key findings based on the 750 responses from global IT decision-makers and showcase where vCORE Cloud Platforms and Services can help you on your cloud journey.
1. Multi-cloud adoption
Finding: About 93% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and are using or experimenting with an average of 7 clouds. Only 33% of them use multi-cloud management tools.
Our take: Managing disparate silos of resources is hard, getting visibility is hard, having all the prerequisite skill-sets is hard, end-to-end automation is hard, making a decision to use a centralized, consistent, automated, and agnostic Cloud Management Platform (CMP) is not. Whether you want a an OEM or Open Source CMP solution, vCORE can help.
2. Lack of expertise
Finding: About 76% , 69%, and 34% of enterprises are using AWS, Azure, and GCP, respectively. Nearly 80% say “lack of expertise” is one of their top challenges.
Our take: Moving to public cloud simply means you have new clouds, new challenges, and new skillsets required. vCORE is AWS, Azure, and GCP certified, as well as holding VMware’s Master Services Competency.
3. Cloud spending over budget
Finding: Organizations’ cloud spends are over budget by an average of 23%, and 73% of organizations plan to optimize existing use of cloud to realize cost savings.
Our take: This is pretty straight-forward — renting resources in the public cloud (especially if all you did was lift & shift) is not the most economical. That said, enterprises are willing to pay the premium because of the benefits realized by public cloud. If you want to optimize cloud spend, right-size cloud resources, or get better at resource planning and reporting, vCORE can help.
4. Cloud migration challenges
Finding: Over half of enterprise workloads and data are expected to be in a public cloud within the next 12 months. The top three cloud migration challenges include understanding app dependencies, assessing on-prem vs cloud costs, and rightsizing/selecting best instances.
Our take: If you want to take advantage of Public Cloud, make sure you are doing if from a position of knowledge and be data driven. vCORE uses a tried-and-true Data Science driven approach to understanding where you are, where you are going, and how you get there using a tools-based approach to migrating workloads to the Public Cloud.
5. Docker, Kubernetes skills gaps
Finding: About 65% of organizations are using Docker, and 58% are using Kubernetes. Over 41% say lack of expertise is their biggest challenge.
Our take: Kubernetes, cloud native, microservices, CI/CD, DevOps, containers, oh my!!!! There is a lot going on in this space and making sense of it all can be overwhelming. vCORE’s DevOps expertise can help you make sense of it all with tools assessments, pipeline assessments, agile as a service, or DevOps as a service.
There’s plenty to think about above, and I encourage you to read the 2020 Flexera State of Cloud Report. It’s packed with great statistics and insight from decision-makers.
One last humble-brag and I will leave you to continue on about your day. Here are the top 13 cloud initiatives for 2020, with green checkboxes indicating where vCORE Cloud Platforms & Services can help.
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