Cloud Adoption: The Path to Full Scale Adoption

According to Gartner, by 2015 just about every IT department will be deploying some sort of virtualization solution - with the majority of them adopting either a hybrid or private cloud.

While this will mark a major shift in the technological landscape, what might be more important to note is the method in which businesses are moving to the cloud. For many, the choice is not, “Should I move everything to the cloud tomorrow?” Instead, the process is more deliberate, with the path toward a virtualized cloud infrastructure happening over the course of several business cycles.

The reasons for this deliberate move to the cloud can be tied to one of three categories:

  •  Readiness: For some companies, their current infrastructure is not ready for the cloud. So instead of hosting all their applications or services in a virtualized environment, they opt for colocation and hybrid solutions, which allow them to move their resources gradually.
  • Security: The prospect of sharing computing space with other users may be a cause for concern. Take note, however, that these concerns can be offset through data encryption methodologies, the creation of private virtualized environments, and the assurance of the Service Level Agreement (SLA).
  • Industry Regulations: New regulations and standards are being created as information technology environments continue to contain more personal, private and sensitive data. And for certain industries, (e.g. healthcare, financial) this may limit the type of data that can be stored in a shared public environment. These concerns can be offset by the utilization of a private, virtualized environment.  

So instead of immediate full-scale adoption of a singular cloud solution, what happens is that many companies choose to pursue a gradual implementation approach. They either start small by first employing internally hosted apps (e.g. email, project management, payroll etc.), before moving on to larger scale options for their more confidential information.  Or they take a reverse approach, one that begins with virtualization and colocation, and ends with a gradual moving of their data to hybrid or public cloud environments.