10 Key Facts About Cloud Migration Challenges

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1 - 10 Key Facts About Cloud Migration Challenges10 Key Facts About Cloud Migration Challenges

Channel partners can play a role in cloud deployments and management services to reduce downtime and ensure the migrations go as smoothly as possible.

2 - Migration PlansMigration Plans

Across organizations of all sizes, public clouds and private clouds are expected to grow 22% and 15%, respectively, year-over-year for the next two years, while virtual machines and physical machines are expected to decline by 25% and 31%, respectively.

3 - Cloud AdoptersCloud Adopters

At large companies (with 1,000 or more employees), public clouds and private clouds are expected to grow 52% and 31% year-over-year for the next two years, while virtual machines and physical machines are expected to decrease by 29% and 30%.

4 - Platform LeadersPlatform Leaders

42% of respondents use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for current production workloads, followed by VMware (29%). All other platforms account for 29%, of which physical machines account for only 7%.

5 - Migration DriversMigration Drivers

The top drivers for migration include high availability (27%), reliability (21%), cost savings (21%), and security and compliance (20%).

6 - Target WorkloadsTarget Workloads

The top workload types for migration include testing/development (13.7%), Web applications (13.5%), Websites (13%) and databases (13%).

7 - Downtime for MigrationDowntime for Migration

44% of respondents said they can’t afford any downtime during a migration, or at most, just under one hour; 49% have a downtime window of one hour to one day.

8 - Top ConcernsTop Concerns

The top considerations for choosing a target cloud platform include reliability (22%), high availability (20%), security and compliance (17%) and cost savings (15%).

9 - Biggest ChallengesBiggest Challenges

The biggest migration challenges include minimizing downtime (25.5%), performance impact on production (20.2%), technical challenge/feasibility (19.3%), minimizing loss of data (18.9%) and keeping costs per plan (16%).

10 - Cost EstimatesCost Estimates

55% of respondents estimated the migration cost at $101to $500 per server; 13% estimate the cost at $501 to $1,000 per server; and 4% estimate the cost at more than $1,000.

11 - Migration TimeMigration Time

The execution phase of the migrations lasted, on average, six months, or 45% of a total project’s time. Planning lasted 13 weeks, or 23% of a total project’s time; proof of concept took seven weeks (12%); and test and optimize lasted 12 weeks (20%).

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