10 things companies are keeping in their own data centers (free PDF)

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Topic: Cloud
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Organizations are moving some of their workload to the cloud—but at the same time, they’re opting to keep certain functions and infrastructure in-house. This ebook runs through some of the items most commonly kept on-premises.

From the ebook:

If you were to read any number of headlines on cloud adoption, you might be tempted to think that the enterprise world is all-in on the cloud. However, you’d be wrong.

Sure, some 73 percent of organizations have at least one application or a part of their infrastructure in the cloud, according to an IDG report. But that’s only a part of their application portfolio or infrastructure: Many companies still maintain some sort of on-premises infrastructure as well.

In the age of the cloud, what’s the point of an on-premises data center? Despite the hype, the cloud is still very much a nascent technology. While cloud security and performance, in many cases, can match that of on-premises technology, and there are some instances when it’s better for companies not to migrate their apps and infrastructure to the cloud.

“All workloads are different, and each has its own set of business requirements and benefits,” said David Cappuccio, a distinguished vice president and analyst at Gartner. “Without taking these factors into account when evaluating an application’s or service’s eventual placement, negative business impacts would far outweigh the benefits of any migration if the wrong choice is made.”

When considering a move to the cloud, companies must examine the limitations around compliance, security, latency, recovery time, availability, data location, and other factors, Cappuccio said. After considering those aspects, on-premises infrastructure still makes sense for many companies.

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