It is now established that the three main reasons for migration to the hybrid cloud are the search for better business agility, updated data protection and cost reduction.

This is why many companies have placed the cloud transfer of applications and workloads as their priorities.

Of course there is also a negative aspect to consider, as hybrid environments are decidedly and intrinsically more complex.

With the volume of data growing, the information replicated to manage is also increasing and IT teams are called to administer new infrastructure consisting of physical, virtual, cloud and SaaS solutions.

They must also take into account disaster recovery, development and testing operations, provisioning, workload management and data transfer capabilities.

All these factors contribute to the need to reduce complexity and create new ways of managing data in every environment.

When a Migration Successful

Edwin Passarella, Commvault Technical Services Manager in Italy reminds us how his company recently involved its customers in an investigation to verify their expectations, interviewing only those who had completed migration projects successfully.

The three main reasons that prompted them to start migration to the hybrid cloud were:

dynamically allocate resources according to business needs (49%)

resources according to business needs (49%) optimize costs, paying only what you use (42%)

, paying only what you use (42%) reduce your administrative expenses, thanks to the model PaaS /SaaS (37%)

As for the use cases at the base of cloud migration, the backup reached 73%, the disaster recovery 60% and the development/test steps 45%.

In addition, 64% of companies believe that the displacement of applications and automatic data is the most important capacity of a cloud migration tool.

Automation for migration

What is evident from the survey, explains Passarella, is that companies need more agility and it is clear that being able to allocate resources dynamically is one of the main reasons for the move to the cloud.

Reducing costs and simplifying processes is also part of the migration agenda and it is clear that it is not enough to have the capacity to migrate, but it is necessary to have automatic tools and workflows that make the transfer and provisioning of data easier when moving

A common problem in migration and data protection is the increase in copies of information, resulting in uncontrolled proliferation of data.

Between disaster recovery, development, quality assurance, training and analysis, together with availability and protection copies, the amount of data generated in fact grows exponentially.

So why should the process be simplified? • Because many of the processes are slow, manual and error-prone, elements that lengthen the time and increase the costs of activities What customers have highlighted is quite clear, namely the desire for a simplification of the transition of applications and workloads into the cloud. And this is possible if migration is automated in end-to-end mode, from provisioning to processing nodes, to the appropriate configuration and storage choice, to database migration and continuous synchronization between source and destination databases.

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