While more enterprises are moving systems to the cloud, the process can prove challenging without database administration services for an effective transition.
A recent survey by 451 Research revealed that close to half of enterprises have plans for cloud migration this year, with a full 61 percent still currently in the virtualization phase. Peter Ffoulkes, research director for servers and virtualization for the firm, told FierceEnterpriseCommunications that this journey requires standardizing and consolidating the infrastructure and automating administration processes before orchestrating cloud initiatives.
"Everybody is on the road to cloud," he explained. "They started at different times, and a lot of the people are mired in the first part of the journey, which is preparing their infrastructure, testing their workloads, to be able to function in an environment in which things are not hard-wired to physical computing systems."
IT roadblocks hinder cloud benefits
In the process of migration, 47 percent of respondents cited facing significant obstacles, particularly in the way of time and staff expertise, which are preventing a transition to the next phase of cloud deployment.
Related research by KPMG revealed that a transition to the cloud proved more challenging than enterprises had originally expected. The major problems cited by the study's respondents included IT management capabilities, systems integration and other infrastructure configurations related to migration.
Cloud Pro contributor Nick Booth reported that as database evolvement becomes increasingly difficult to predict, IT struggles more and more with management. Congestion is common as a result of unplanned sprawls and insufficient administration of massive volumes of information. That congestion then leads to traffic problems that have a negative impact on database performance. Howard Ting, marketing vice president for Nutanix, told the source that effective deployment of cloud storage requires strict management and policy controls.
"It's all about building the optimal infrastructure for the enterprise," he stated.
While this may sound simple, research has made it apparent that many firms still struggle with a smooth transition to the cloud. In order to minimize interruptions to network performance, business processes and overall productivity, enterprises can deploy remote database management.
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