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Forrester Study

An examination into the motivations and practices of public cloud migrators

Cloud migration is actively embraced, but not for everything

In this first of a two-part study conducted by Forrester, today’s IT leaders share their reasons behind cloud migration, the challenges they’ve faced, and the lessons they’ve learned.

Organizations have fully embraced the idea of moving existing applications to the public cloud. And the majority of these organizations point to the cloud’s cost-friendly, time-saving scalability as the main reason. But migration isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. While a majority of businesses plan to migrate 100 or more workloads as part of their efforts, many applications—and their surrounding ecosystems—need to be vetted and prepped. Migration isn’t easy, and it requires a well-thought-out strategy, followed by a well-executed implementation.

Nearly 300 of today’s IT leaders agree that:

  • Cloud migration is vital to digital transformation
  • Cost and scalability are major drivers behind migration
  • Security, regulatory issues, and training/hiring costs are barriers to migration
  • Multiple migration methods are recommended, along with due diligence on evaluating the practicality of migrating certain apps and workloads

Read about the benefits and challenges of cloud migration, as revealed by nearly 300 organizations.