Hybrid cloud migration gains lift at AWS re:Invent
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

With AWS re:Invent taking place in Las Vegas this week, ‘cloud’ and all of its associated buzzwords will be the talk of the tech industry (not to say that cloud is ever that far from the tech headlines). That’s because event host Amazon is set to unveil a bevy of new products that are aimed squarely at making cloud migration more seamless for enterprises.

In particular, Amazon is set to officially take the hood off of it’s much-hyped Outposts hybrid-computing hardware and services, which were first unpacked at last year’s re:Invent. The product suite is aimed directly at what industry experts are calling the “next great cloud migration,” where enterprises en-masse will begin plowing forward in establishing a seamless connection between their data centers and the cloud.

Most industry experts agree that while cloud migration has seen a steady rise in the enterprise space in the recent past, fewer than 20% of enterprise workloads have moved from on-premises to cloud infrastructure to date. In many cases, what’s holding up to total cloud migration is that teams simply weren’t equipped to embark on a total network overhaul that retired their legacy infrastructure from the top down. Many of those early enterprise cloud adopters, for instance, leveraged “lift and shift” solutions: packaged applications with few modifications running on standard infrastructure.

The next generation of enterprises to migrate to the cloud will turn to applications that are “more complex and whose impact on the organization is more significant, including enterprise resource planning and supply chain management software,” Colin Dawes, Chief Solution Architect at Syntax Systems Ltd, told Silicon Angle.

But as Dawes and other experts have pointed out, once enterprises pass a certain threshold of cloud migration, it only makes sense to go all-in into overhauling all of a company’s workflows – not unlike the 20-40 percent “penetration point” that tends to tip enterprises into server virtualization.

The reason experts anticipate solutions like Outpost will have a big impact is because they mark an industry shift where IT teams aren’t just moving workflows into cloud, but focusing on using cloud properly.

These new breed of tools are characterized as “cloud-native,” which refers to applications built using rapid development techniques specifically for cloud infrastructure, emphasizing features like modularity, portability, extreme scalability and resilience.

A recent Nutanix survey found that while nearly one-quarter of companies currently aren’t leveraging any cloud infrastructure today, that figure will drop to just 3 percent in the next two years, and new solutions like those coming out of re:Invent will help enterprises get there. But before embarking on any kind of network overhaul, teams need to leverage tools that give them all the visibility they need to monitor performance on existing users and workflows so cloud migration doesn’t negatively impact business.


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