Efficiencies, Innovation and Workforce Mobility Help Drive Cloud Adoption; Cloud Infrastructure Use Will Continue to Grow: Aptum Study

Cloud boomerang can be avoided by having an expert assessment and a holistic cloud strategy

Toronto, February 23, 2022— (BUSINESS WIRE) – Aptum, a hybrid multi-cloud service provider, today published the first part of its annual cloud impact study 2022. A report entitled Hybrid: why and how – applying the lessons of digital transformation, examines the deployment of workloads on various cloud infrastructures and examines the decision-making process underlying their deployment.

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The speed of cloud transformation has had a positive impact on business (Chart: Business Wire)

Highlights of the report:

Most IT decision-makers plan to increase their organization’s use of public cloud infrastructure (78%) and private cloud (72%) over the next 18-24 months.

Eighty-six percent (86%) of respondents said their organization has adopted a hybrid or multi-cloud approach to cloud deployment.

The vast majority of respondents also acknowledged the many benefits that the cloud gives to their organizations, with the majority agreeing that it provided the expected effectiveness (90%). Respondents also noted that the rate of cloud transformation in their organization had a positive impact on the following areas:

  • Innovation (71%)

  • Operational efficiency (71%)

  • Workforce mobility and opportunities (63%)

  • IT costs (63%)

  • Customer experience (63%)

Indeed, when respondents suggested 12 categories of apps, respondents said the cloud was the preferred hosting option for them all, compared to two of the nine categories in Aptum’s first Cloud Impact Study in 2021. However, despite the recognition of the benefits of the cloud, not all workloads are designed for cloud platforms, and some organizations are experiencing a “cloud boomerang effect” among certain applications. Nearly half (47%) of respondents expect their organizations to use traditional (non-cloud) infrastructure over the next 18-24 months, compared to just under a quarter (23%) in 2021.

The study identifies that one reason for the transition to outdated infrastructure is rooted in a lack of strategy. Only 20% of respondents said they have a holistic cloud computing strategy. In addition, the integration of the cloud with local systems was called the main problem that the organization will face when working in cloud environments, primarily related to privacy and data security.

“When the pandemic hit, many organizations reacted hastily to the transfer of applications to the cloud and neglected some workload considerations that have since become apparent. So while organizations see benefits from the cloud, they could be more successful in their efforts if the first change would have been if the requirements of each application had been carefully assessed, ”explains Chris David, senior manager of Aptum cloud products. “Contrary to popular belief, the cloud boomerang effect is not just about shifting workloads from cloud platforms back to traditional infrastructure. More precisely, the boomerang is the movement of applications between groups of developers and operations.

The focus of the development teams is on building new versions of applications, which means that limited time can be spent on the administrative responsibilities required to refactor workloads for the cloud. In this regard, responsibility for managing management often returns to task forces. Unfortunately, task forces often lack the necessary skills and resources. When they lack the skills, tools, cloud management policies, or operational practices to ensure operational standards, these workloads often return to older platforms.

“To overcome these challenges, organizations need to have a holistic cloud strategy driven by an experienced managed service provider (MSP),” says David. “They can help businesses understand the characteristics that need to be evaluated when deciding on the location of each application, and help avoid mistakes that lead to a cloud boomerang.”

The survey encourages organizations to look at ecosystems, keeping in mind business challenges and optimization to avoid placing workloads in inappropriate places. To save time, money, and resources, as well as increase interoperability, businesses should turn to specialized hybrid and multi-cloud vendors with the skills and experience to assist in making these decisions.

The study surveyed the opinions and approaches to cloud technology of 400 senior IT professionals. Respondents were from organizations with 250+ employees in the US, Canada and the UK. Industries included financial services, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, retail, public education and the commercial sector.

To see the full findings of the first part of the Aptum 2022 cloud impact study, Hybrid: why and how – applying the lessons of digital transformationdownload the report here: https://aptum.com/cloud-hub/2022-cis-part-1/.

About Aptum
Aptum is a hybrid, multi-cloud-based service provider that provides sophisticated and high-performance cloud solutions with an integrated secure network. Using its Data As Infrastructure пады approach, Aptum solves complex technology problems with integrated solutions and customized options that deliver tangible business results and maximize the value of its customers ’technology investments. Aptum’s cloud and global networking solutions, backed by professional, specialist services, offer true choice and adaptability with international reach in North America, Latin America, Europe and the UK. Aptum is a portfolio company of DigitalBridge, a global investment firm engaged in strategic digital infrastructure capabilities. For more information, visit www.aptum.com.

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