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How to overcome the challenges of moving to the cloud

How to overcome the challenges of moving to the cloud

Johnny Karam, VP for emerging markets, Veritas, talks us through the challenges CIOs face when converting to the cloud

Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, has announced the results of a global survey spanning 13 countries indicating that the majority of global organisations (56%) operate with a cloud-first mentality when it comes to deploying new applications and managing workloads.

The survey shows that only one percent of organisations will not be adopting cloud over the next two years.

However, the study reveals that significant misconceptions exist on the responsibility for data management, with 69% of organisations wrongfully believing data protection, data privacy and compliance are the responsibility of the cloud service provider.

Intelligent CIO spoke to Johnny Karam, VP for emerging markets, Veritas, to find out what the major challenges are of moving to the cloud.

“The first set of challenges for customers and CIOs is they want to move into the cloud and they want to consume it,” said Karam.

“However, they don’t know where to start, which data to pick, and how to move it there.

“The second set of challenges is the multi-cloud complexity. It means that customers already have data in their data centre that they need to manage in applications.

“They have applications that are in the cloud, like their HR systems and what have you.

“They start realising that their critical data is actually scattered all over the place between the local data centre, service providers and the cloud. So having the ability to manage this multi-cloud approach and getting the visibility and control is the second challenge.”

Karam said the next challenge was controlling the costs of growing data and those associated with storing that data and managing it.

“Today at Veritas, we have a unique approach. We call it 360 Data Management, where we practically help the customers protect the data. Also, we help them get global visibility because that data could be anywhere,” said Karam.

“We help them get visibility because once they get visibility into the data, they can then start making decisions on what to do with that data, what to keep, what to delete, what to do long-term and then they are smarter on management.

“Then because they have visibility, we help them comply with regulations, global regulations like GDPR for example. We help them with compliance and then we work with them to help them keep the high availability of the data.

“Then there is the migration of the data to consider, be it within their data centres, or be it between the data centre and multiple clouds like the Azure Cloud or AWS Cloud.”

The final challenge is helping customers with software-defined storage. Veritas will concentrate on the visibility of data and classification and focus customers on what data is important.

“This is software-defined storage that helps them manage their estate in a better way and helps them manage the cost because you’re not treating all data equally,” said Karam.

“This is really the high level of the 360 Data Management that currently, we’re helping customers with.”