At Dell EMC World last week, Michael Dell made a valid point that “We will all consume cloud in a variety of forms: public cloud, private cloud, hybrid, Software as a Service, managed services – it will all come down to optimizing workloads and moving and securing and managing them efficiently.” However, he also stated that “Many customers have already told us that public cloud is twice as expensive as on-premise, especially for [the] predictable portion of their workloads, which, in many cases, is roughly 90 percent.” While this might be true we know that companies are looking to move to the cloud for three key reasons, and price is just one of them. Flexibility and ease of management are two others. Further, as the competition continues to heat up, price will become less of an issue for customers and will drive the continued rise toward a “multi-cloud” model.
Regarding price, there are numerous tools – and companies – who can analyze a customer’s existing on-premises solutions and identify which workloads to move to a cloud infrastructure and what they’ll save – BitTitan offers one such tool. And here at Barracuda, we’ve seen customers looking at 30+% savings per year on doing just that. That’s particularly substantial if you’ve got millions of dollars tied up in aging on-premises servers.