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Overcoming common concerns about the transition to the Cloud

Martin Ryan, Vice President & Managing Director of Dyn Asia Pacific | May 15, 2015
As the public internet continues to be the primary competitive business tool for many companies, organisations need to think of the considerations that are needed to achieve the benefits of scale and agility from cloud services.

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Martin Ryan, Vice President & Managing Director of Dyn Asia Pacific
Martin Ryan, Vice President & Managing Director of Dyn Asia Pacific

As cloud adoption continues to accelerate across many industries, organisations are gaining more opportunities to review their current infrastructure and business solutions to ensure they're getting the greatest return on their investments. According to a study released by Frost & Sullivan commissioned by F5 Networks, there has been increasing focus and efforts on cloud computing in the region, with 58.6% of decision-makers identifying it as their number one priority in the next 12 months. The study found 91% of enterprises in the region are either already using cloud services or currently in the planning or implementing stage. In Singapore, almost 40% of enterprises are using cloud computing; while more than 35% are planning or implementing cloud strategies. 

Despite these advantages, some enterprises are reluctant to move to the cloud over concerns they could lose capabilities that exist with their in-house solutions, or finding the transition to be challenging.The most common inhibitors of cloud adoption include misconceptions and uncertainties around the reliability and interoperability of the cloud, as well as getting 'locked in' to a given cloud solution. In a survey conducted by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) on behalf of iland, 86% of Singapore respondents reported they experienced at least one unexpected obstacle with their Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider, and downtime, performance, support and pricing topped the list of issues.

Historically, this hesitation was justifiable, as to turn over one's infrastructure to cloud providers was to cede control. But this concern is no longer warranted. The rise of Internet Performance tools, which provide companies with immediate visibility into critical performance data for major cloud providers, allows the organisation to maintain control, making the transition to the cloud even easier.  Furthermore, by employing the same industry best practices as they would with their own in-house solutions, many organisations are able to leverage cloud offerings to help improve the reliability of their applications, while maintaining the same freedom they have with their current solutions.

Given the potential loss of business and brand damage that can accompany a website outage, it's not surprising that reliability is one of the top priorities for almost every organisation when adopting new software for their online applications, whether it is cloud-based or not. The majority of cloud providers have built their offerings with high priority as a primary focus. By leveraging distributed worldwide networks, many of these solutions are able to provide global reliability on a greater scale than most organisations could create on their own.


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