Whether you are just starting your journey to the cloud, still weighing the benefits, or already knees-deep in several cloud databases or applications, you're probably wondering if other organizations are asking the same questions or facing the same challenges that you are.
What was the tipping point in the decision to move to the cloud? What has been the strategic value? And what are some common challenges you can expect to face along the way?
DBTA recently held a webinar with Dan Russell, senior vice president of cloud strategy and alliances, Datavail, who discussed moving to the cloud.
According to Gartner, “By 2022, 75% of all databases will be deployed or migrated to a cloud platform,” Russell said.
In partnership with TechValidate, an independent third-party surveyor, Datavail conducted a cloud adoption industry benchmark survey with hundreds of companies to better understand what the cloud landscape looks like for organizations of all sizes.
The survey found:
- 70% of companies have some workloads in the cloud today
- 75% of these companies are leveraging public cloud, 25% private cloud
- 60% are hybrid cloud (combination of on-prem and public cloud)
- 30% of total workloads are in the cloud today
- 50% of companies say cloud costs are about what they expected
- Databases, analytics and web/content hosting are the workloads moving fastest to the cloud
- Apps are moving to SaaS, DevOps, Agile, CD/CI with microservices and containerization
- >50% of larger enterprise are leveraging multiple cloud providers
- <40% of mid-sized and small companies are leveraging multiple cloud providers
- >70% of all organizations are considering leveraging PaaS solutions from cloud providers
- >60% of all organizations are considering modernizing their database platforms
There are a variety of emerging and persistent cloud application trends, Russell explained. This includes:
- SaaS replacing traditional perpetual license COTS applications
- Cloud native application development and legacy app modernization rapidly growing
- Leveraging Agile, CI/CD, and DevOps to speed innovation and time to market
- Increasing usage of containerization and microservices for application development
- Leveraging tools common for Collaboration, DevOps, App Performance Management
He recommended best practices to follow when migrating to the cloud such as planning a cloud strategy and roadmap, making application portfolio analysis (6R’s), evaluating database migration and modernization options, creating an analytic environments roadmap, performing an infrastructure/security analysis, leveraging tools for database schema conversion and migrations, doing a cost/ROI analysis, POCs, leveraging vendor funding, effectively leveraging partners for planning, migration, and managed services, and utilizing cloud managed services to optimize consumption, security, performance, and availability.
An archived on-demand replay of this webinar is available here.