What History Teaches about Migrations
Andrew Cook – Azure Strategic Growth Manager
Adam Burke – Director of Partnerships and Strategic Growth
As we look at customers migrating to Azure, interesting parallels can be drawn when we look back at history and the migrations people have undertaken before us. One of the most widely studied migrations within the US is the move of people from East to West in the early and mid-1800’s.
It’s important to consider the key triggers, value and enablers that defined this period:
- Triggers – economic opportunity, civil disturbances, better climate and growth potential
- Value – better work prospects, safer living conditions and improved economic outlook
- Enablers – new forms of transport, lower costs of migrating and open borders
Just as transitioning to a new city or state should be well-planned and carefully thought out, so should a migration to the cloud. Companies can benefit using trusted guides that have proven experience and repeatable methodology to help businesses shift their IT solutions from the data center to Azure. Microsoft has partners and a well-defined migration process, along with software tools, to ease the risk of the journey.
Let’s look at the triggers, value and enablers for cloud migration today.
Many organizations are seeing a shift from capital expenses (CapEx) to operating expenses (OpEx) and are often under increasing pressure to meet regulatory requirements and stay secure, as the risk of cyber incidents increase. As modern business grows more complex, and requires more connectivity with the outside world to compete and stay relevant, not only do the threats of non-compliance and security breaches continue to rise, but the technological advances from artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), Bots and Internet of Things (IoT) become harder for many organizations to realize in a timely manner. In addition, with customers often connected 24/7, business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are a major requirement.
IT leaders are asking themselves questions such as:
- Do I have the visibility and analytics necessary to make sound business decisions?
- Can I manage server capacity to grow and shrink as the business demands, while staying secure and compliant?
- In today’s connected world, how can I ensure we not only stay relevant but are the preferred option?
Business realities create opportunities for organizations willing to consider cloud migration, and those entities are realizing improved economic prospects through cloud adoption. When server infrastructure reaches end-of-life, and software maintenance agreements and datacenter contracts expire, an opportunity emerges to re-examine the organization’s future technical direction and progress, through serious consideration of cloud technology.
By shifting to cloud infrastructure to power your applications, you can drive significant cost efficiencies and reduce IT maintenance budgets, which often consume upwards of 80% of the total IT budget. A recent comScore study found 94% on-premises customers also experienced additional security benefits when moving to the cloud.
These benefits are key to CEO’s push for change. 80% of CIOs will be pressured by their business leaders to evaluate migrating their datacenters to IaaS, according to Gartner. As businesses continue to modernize IT, Cloud momentum continues to build, projected at a 30.1% CAGR for next 5 years, according to Gartner and IDC. Companies that don’t adopt a cloud strategy will struggle to compete with those that have realized the value of utilizing hyperscale cloud.
Companies that adopt Microsoft Azure gain immediate geographic presence into over 50 regions worldwide. They can immediately enable new functionality from Disaster Recovery to AI and Bots, to CDN and Search, while increasing their security posture on the most compliant cloud. Transitioning to Azure can be as simple as moving your existing IT footprint as-is to Azure (also known as Lift and Shift), to innovating new capabilities with Application modernization.
Moving to the cloud is not an arduous process – Microsoft and Navisite are here to help customers with that transition, and partner with them to enable their success on this journey – by providing the guidance to realize the full benefits of the cloud and get you there in a safe and timely manner.
What’s the best path for your Journey?
At a high level, there are two key ways companies transition to Azure:
- Lift and Shift is the best approach for customers who:
- Want to move to Cloud to lower your maintenance costs and rapidly take advantage of cloud infrastructure
- Want to avoid the burden of owning on-premises servers and data centers
- Need a scale-on-demand capacity with no change in application environment needed
- Need a rapid disaster recovery solution
- Want to rapidly land and expand a solution from one geography to another, with very little cost or time constraints
- App Modernization has other benefits:
- Customers can leverage Cloud-native technologies (born in the cloud).
- Customers who want to their existing apps (e.g. add new features, capacity) to benefit from emerging technologies including ML, AI, Bots, etc.
- Customers with dev teams requiring continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) capabilities to improve productivity and cut cost.
Organizations often benefit most when they use a mix of both options. Often Lift and Shift is the easiest place to start while the organization builds cloud experience. In addition, a recent study by Forrester found that Azure platform capabilities reduces time required to manage apps by 80% and time to deploy a new app by 50%, making businesses far more agile. An MIT study found that agile firms increase revenues 37% faster than non-agile companies. Those same businesses also generate 30% higher profits than their non-agile counterparts.
In conclusion, Azure isn’t an instant destination. Businesses should start moving now to benefit from the opportunity in the coming years and remain competitive. With significant investments on-premises, organizations that plan on moving to the cloud, either for cost-savings or as part of a larger digital transformation strategy, will need to operate in a hybrid environment mode for some time.
Microsoft is here to help customers with the cloud transition and partner with them to enable their success on this journey. In addition, guidance from a trusted advisor, such as a managed cloud service provider (MCSP) like Navisite, is key to help make the journey as quick, simple and cost-effective as possible. Navisite is a highly-experience MCSP, with more than 20 years in business, 460+ Microsoft Gold-certified competencies, and 1,550+ certifications. They service their clients using ITIL-based process management methodologies, 15-minute incident response rates, as well as a financially-backed 99.999% SLA guarantee.
If you’d like to discuss how Navisite can help on your cloud journey, they’re ready to assist you in successfully navigating your Azure migration. Contact Navisite today or call them at (888) 298-8222 to begin exploring how Azure can benefit your organization.