There’s a lot of different reasons C-Levels are insisting their teams move as much as possible to the Cloud. Originally it was to save money and free up IT staffs; however, increasingly, it is to enhance a company’s ability to execute on its digital strategy or to protect against cyber security threats.
However, the reality is that most Enterprises have complex environments that won’t fit easily into a Cloud. AWS, Google, and your SaaS providers are great for simple environments, but they aren’t a fit if your company has legacy applications or infrastructure (mainframe, i-Series, p-Series, physical hardware) or must meet critical compliance standards (see Part I – What’s Bimodal IT Got to Do with It).
One way to address these Mode 1 environments is with hosted private cloud.
Moving to an off-premise, private cloud allows companies to get out of the Data Center business and focus their efforts on innovation. Large incumbent organizations are deemed most at risk today because their legacy infrastructure and processes are not agile enough to compete with their “born in the cloud” competitors.
In terms of cyber security, many CEOs are concerned their IT organizations are not equipped to protect against the every-changing threats from cyber terrorism. Not only can this cripple a company but in some industries, executives can also be held personally responsible for breaches if negligence is proven. The end results can include hefty personal fines or even jail.
Lastly, legacy infrastructure is not going away any time soon. Everyone thought the mainframe would be gone by now but mobile applications are driving massive amounts of transactions that require high-performance. To put the performance in perspective, Google searches at 60,000 transactions per second; a mainframe searches a million per second! Many companies find it hard to move away from that level of performance. Yet, at the same time, mainframe expertise is dwindling. By leveraging a hosted private cloud that includes a “Mainframe as a Service” component, a company can address Mode 1 needs.
There are many companies offering options for Mode 2 applications; however, there are few that can bridge both worlds – Mode 1 and Mode 2. And that’s something to think about.