The cloud transformation journey: Great expectations lead to a brave new world

It's easy to think of cloud adoption as a one-time event – you choose a cloud and you consume that cloud, and the rest is history – but realistically, for most enterprises this is an incremental and iterative process. Traditional refresh cycles drive periodic purchases of new hardware and updates of software – for cloud, rapidly growing feature sets and on-demand consumption require frequent reassessment of the venues and technologies that best meet changing enterprise needs. No one wants to move providers all the time – enterprises naturally try and optimize what they already have; providers that are best at accommodating them are likely to have the most loyal customers.

Our cloud transformation journey model shows the enterprise cloud cost experience over time. We identify the cycle of cloud consumption – migration and implementation, cost-savings and cost-increases, governance and optimization, and transformative value. The ups and downs of this experience and the time required to realize value vary by company and by application; with experience and automation, the amplitude of the curve flattens and the time to value shortens. And then it starts all over again. It represents the costs payable at each stage of the enterprise journey to value-adding 'utility' IT. Read the full report here.

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Webinar July 20th: The Economics of Serverless Computing

Serverless is more than just hype; it has the potential to revolutionize the way we develop, build and operate applications in the cloud. Understanding the economics of serverless technology is vital to understanding its role in the world and its longer-term potential to disrupt the industry. In this webinar, Owen Rogers, Research Director for Digital Economics at 451 Research, will review these economics, pit the TCO of serverless against traditional virtual machines and containers, and compare pricing across the big four providers, namely AWS, Google, IBM and Microsoft.

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451 Research Finds OpenStack and Commercial Private Clouds Can Beat Public Cloud on Cost – But Only at Scale

In the latest Cloud Price Index, 451 Research analyzes the costs associated with using various cloud options to determine when it becomes better value to use a self-managed private cloud instead of public or managed cloud services. Now, for the first time, cloud buyers and vendors have transparency into a complex pricing model that takes into consideration the major factors impacting total cost of ownership (TCO), including salaries and workload requirements.

451 Research finds that because of the prevalence of suitably qualified administrators, commercial private cloud offerings such as VMware and Microsoft currently offer a lower TCO when labor efficiency is below 400 virtual machines managed per engineer. But where labor efficiency is greater than this, OpenStack becomes more financially attractive. In fact, past this tipping point, all private cloud options are cheaper than both public cloud and managed private cloud options.
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Cloud and the Global Opportunity - Q2 Findings from the Cloud Price Index

Imagine you decided to launch a cloud service today. You face no restrictions on geography and no restrictions on what IaaS you would offer. Where would you host your services, and what services would you offer to that market?

During this webinar, Dr. Owen Rogers, Research Director for Digital Economics, will present Q2 findings from the 451 Research Cloud Price Index and discuss how the data can help end users choose a best execution venue for their workload.

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Session Preview: How does Cloud Economics Affect Digital Transformation?

Dr. Owen Rogers, Research Director, Digital Economics will be presenting at both of our upcoming Cloud Computing Executive Summits – March 8 in New York and April 5 in London. In his session, “How does Cloud Economics Affect Digital Transformation?” Owen will explore the latest findings of the Cloud Pricing Index and breakdown many of the Digital Transformation myths prevalent in the industry today. Below, Owen gives us a preview of what he’ll discuss.
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