Companies that balk at the thought of refactoring their applications and learning new skills may delay moving to the cloud. The good news is, they can easily address these challenges when they choose the already familiar operational model that VMware Cloud affords.
With a lack of internal cloud expertise an underlying issue in migration projects, concerns over inadequate skillsets and resources are not unwarranted.
Australia's public cloud market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17% to US$11 billion in 2023, up from US$5 billion in 2018, according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Gaps in organisational capabilities, though, are amongst the top challenges Australian businesses face in their cloud journey. They also are concerned about the costs and risks of migrating their legacy systems as well as the complexity of managing multiple cloud environments, the study reveals.
"The current supply of cloud-native talent is not large enough to match the rapidly growing demand, and many organisations in Australia say they are struggling to develop their internal team capabilities," BCG notes. "In selecting a cloud provider, organisations look for services that are easy to use. A provider that offers internal training is also highly valued, particularly if the training is aimed at day-to-day management of public cloud platforms and fostering a deeper understanding of how the public cloud can enable advanced digital capabilities."
John Ferlito, AC3's Head of Product and Technology, concurs, pointing to the tight integration between VMware Cloud and AWS and the familiarity of both platforms as a key attraction for many Australian companies.
Australia's largest privately owned hybrid cloud provider, AC3 manages more than 15,000 virtual machines across seven data centres.
Ferlito explains: "We're seeing customers that may already have a public cloud strategy and with an on-premises data centre infrastructure that is due for renewal. This typically is the trigger point that pushes local businesses to look at moving to a hybrid cloud model."
"And a migration to VMC on AWS is something that's very familiar for them," he adds. "It allows them to immediately take advantage of the ability to run their applications, already optimised for a VMware environment, on the AWS cloud platform."
One of the duo's most compelling features, for instance, is that organisations can utilise AWS services alongside their VMware services, with the ability to easily scale AWS resources.
In fact, by 2024, almost all legacy applications migrated to the public cloud will need optimisation to be more cost-efficient, according to Gartner. The research firm believes cloud providers will boost their native optimisation capabilities to help enterprises identify the most cost-efficient architecture that can operate at the required performance.
By extending their VMware-powered network with VMC on AWS, Australian businesses effectively have an infrastructure bridge set up between a traditional virtualised data centre and the AWS service portfolio. They also can more easily migrate and develop applications to the public cloud as well as quickly provision development and test environments.
The ability of VMC on AWS to bridge workloads both on-premises and in the public cloud enables companies to move seamlessly between both environments. This will prove critical as they scale their business.
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