The state of the network is murky


Hybrid IT networking has come a long way in the past decade, as enterprises have gradually come to embrace and trust cloud computing. Yet, despite the growing popularity of both private and public clouds, many enterprise IT teams are still struggling with how to handle the resulting migration challenges.

Originally envisioned as simply a way to reduce costs, migration to the cloud has escalated in large part due to a drive for greater agility and flexibility. In fact, according to a recent State of the Network global survey of more than 600 IT professionals, the top two reasons enterprises are moving to the cloud are to increase IT scalability and agility, and to improve service availability and reliability. The need to lower costs was ranked number four, tied with the desire to deliver new services faster.

With these benefits becoming more widely known, the pace of cloud migration is only going to accelerate. Analyst firm Gartner has projected that the public cloud market could exceed $186 billion this year – an increase of more than 20 percent from 2017. So where does this leave today’s enterprise IT teams?

We didn’t start the fire

Third-party cloud platforms like Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services (AWS), along with business management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, continue to gain popularity with enterprises across a variety of market segments. While in the past deployment of enterprise-level software and infrastructure was handled by the IT department, today decisions regarding cloud-hosted applications like customer relationship management (CRM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) are frequently made within specific business units, such as marketing or accounting — without consulting IT.

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