The decision for Australian organisations to migrate workloads to the cloud is heavily driven by the desire to increase resiliency, cut IT costs and subdue instances of "shadow IT" within businesses.
Findings from recent Rackspace research detail the concerns, motivations and strategic business objectives for "migrators" versus "planners" in terms of shifting workloads into the cloud.
“Among those planning to migrate to the cloud, we’re seeing it become more central to business strategy and transformation,” Rackspace Australia director and general manager, Angus Dorney, said.
“‘Planners’ are less likely to be driven by cost and more so because cloud is an integral part of business transformation, therefore managing business risk becomes an increasing priority compared to those who had already migrated."
Research found that mission critical back office applications ranked as the number one choice for Australian businesses when shifting workloads into the cloud.
In particular, 48 per cent of organisations are choosing to house analytics and business intelligence workloads in the cloud.
Consequently, security and privacy requirements are top concerns, followed by application performance and business risk such as the loss of control to a third party.
According to findings, "planners" were more likely to cite cloud transformation (59 per cent) than ‘migrators’ (39 per cent) and less likely to indicate cost savings (61 per cent), compared to 78 per cent of those who had already migrated.
For ‘planners’, business risk (80 per cent) is a slightly larger concern than those who have already migrated (65 per cent) and it is likely that there be more board involvement for "planners" (17 per cent), compared to just four per cent in ‘migrators’.
Cloud ‘planners’ are more likely to go down the hybrid approach (41 per cent), compared to those who have already migrated (11 per cent).
“Delivering cloud solutions for the different types of workloads is increasingly complex and brings with it lots of challenges and concerns, as the study highlights,” added Angus.
“Encouragingly, nearly two-thirds of businesses in the Australian study (61 per cent) said they had or planned to use a third-party expert, highlighting why having a managed cloud expert on board is especially important in meeting the goals a business has for migration.”