Understanding ROI out of your Cloud Migration Initiatives

By CIOReview | Thursday, May 3, 2018
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The commitment to cloud computing has grown to be a key value indicator, with the evolution of cloud metrics.

If you’re an enterprise moving to the cloud just anyhow, then you’re not likely to derive the value of cloud computing. Migrating that way means that you are only moving some workloads to a public cloud and others that could possibly be moved wouldn’t be; meaning, workloads which are a good fit for the cloud are missed from being moved.

Migrating to the cloud means that there are still sunk costs in several operations, including training, dealing with security, integration of cloud-based systems into existing environment’s management systems, and the rest of the on-premise data and apps. Simply being in the cloud costs the same as for 500 or 2000 workloads. But with the growth in the number of workloads migrated to the cloud, the CloudOps cost involved only has a small incremental growth. Although the mileage may vary drastically, there is an upfront investment which isn’t avoidable. The more the workload migrated, the more is the ROI you get through the investment.

Keeping workloads on-premises simply means that you are not deriving complete value with cloud platforms. This also doesn’t mean that organizations need to deploy all their workloads in the cloud at once. It’s a journey, but more value is returned to the business with getting most of the data and apps on public clouds as early as possible.