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A lot of businesses are at a crossroads on their path to digital transformation. While momentum is still shifted towards public virtual infrastructure, public cloud skepticism is on the rise. Read our latest enterprise blog for more info.
A lot of businesses are at a crossroads on their path to digital transformation. While the overwhelming momentum is still towards public virtual infrastructure, and it is clear that the age of in-house infrastructure is passing, public cloud scepticism is on the rise, driven by price, complexity and increasing choice. Picking the right physical platform that can accommodate private and legacy systems needs and multi-cloud aspirations will put CIOs, CTOs and CDOs in the driving seat as they navigate the next phase of transformation.
There is no turning back on the cloud journey. According to Gartner, public cloud services now account for around $500 billion, or just over 10% of global corporate IT outlay - up from 4% in 2017, with IaaS and PaaS the fastest growing segments.
And private clouds are growing as fast or faster, valued at $130 billion in 2022 with CAGR of 29.6%. Microsoft predicts that over 95% of new digital workloads will be deployed on cloud-native platforms by 2025, up from 30% in 2021.
Freedom to upgrade legacy systems at your leisure while moving in and out of different clouds – both private and public - is the key to the next stage of the journey:
It is clear that whatever physical platform organisations choose at this stage in their transformation, it needs to be a hybrid architecture – somewhere for legacy and cloud-native applications to meet. In-house data centers will gradually dwindle. And the cloud is – both by definition and because it is a fast-evolving third-party marketplace – too nebulous for core processes.
A private cloud in a connection-rich colocation facility that can have core legacy workloads rolled into it fits the bill. Capex can convert to Opex, old can be converted to new (systems, facilities, servers) and, due to advances in design and economies of scale, savings can be made in the process.
If you do choose the colocation route, the only basis on which all of these benefits apply is if you build a longer relationship, and that means finding a provider you can trust. Besides the universal factors such as customer satisfaction, pricing guarantees, SLAs etc. the key components to add to your checklist are:
If you are satisfied on all of these fronts, and the footprint fits your market ambitions, you will be optimally placed to tackle the challenges of the next round of digital transformation.
A new Iron Mountain Data Centers enterprise customer solution brief goes into more detail on this – particularly key drivers and a more detailed platform architecture. To find out more read “Trustworthy Transformation: An overview of the current challenges, drivers and opportunities for enterprises in the process of digital transformation”