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October 29, 2018

The Great Cloud Migration

Digitalization has rapidly led to digital transformation, and today, it’s an ongoing initiative for all businesses. The cloud is an excellent option for organizations looking to migrate, improve or replace legacy systems, or adopt a hybrid strategy, all of which pave the way for innovation opportunities. It’s convenient that public cloud offers a path to achieving digital transformation faster and more effectively, plus, it’s a highly efficient way to power mission-critical applications while simplifying IT.

According to IDC, the market is expected to achieve a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.9%, with public cloud services spending totaling $277 billion in 2021.

Most businesses rely on the cloud for some function of IT, and those who don’t plan to eventually. Here’s the question: hyperscaler, or partner?

Hyperscaler vs. Cloud Partner: What Are the Differences?

There are benefits to both hyperscale clouds and cloud partners. Either way, making the commitment to migrate mission critical applications and workloads to a third-party cloud provider requires the right platform and right method. As part of your strategic roadmap, you’ll need to delve into your infrastructure and applications to determine the levels of resiliency, security, scaling and compliance support required, as well as what resources you’ll need for ongoing management.

Let’s take a look at some of the differences between hyperscalers and full service data centers (cloud partners) based on the factors below for comparison:

Technical Expertise

Hyperscaler: Engaging a hyperscaler for your cloud needs will require you to “bring your own experts.” You’ll need to have, or hire, adequate internal IT staff who can handle deployment and management.

Cloud partner: Working with a full service data center is a force multiplier for your own IT staff. A robust cloud partner will be fully staffed, including cloud architects and security engineer experts who remain available through the lifecycle of the engagement.

Cloud Options

Hyperscaler: Large-scale providers offer public cloud options exclusively, which isn’t always a great fit for businesses with more specific requirements.

Cloud partner: A true cloud partner offers public, private, hybrid, bare metal, and dedicated options, plus a myriad of other solutions, like managed services, to complement your cloud environment on demand.

Compliance

Hyperscaler: Hyperscalers are generally not going to offer much in the way of support for your compliance requirements. Typically, they’ll check a few boxes, but the majority, if not all of the burden, will fall on your business.

Cloud partner: An expert cloud provider will offer comprehensive control coverage to help you meet your compliance requirements. Ideally, you’ll have a CISO and a team of compliance and security experts available to ensure ongoing compliance and audit preparedness, as well as assist with answering any questions you may have.

Ongoing management

 Hyperscaler: In this scenario, you won’t have many options for management. Hyperscale cloud providers usually offer costly, tiered management services, most often via point solution providers. Technology is changed frequently as a result.

Cloud partner: A full service data center comes with comprehensive managed service options, including monitoring, recovery, around-the-clock U.S.-based tech support, patching, backups, and security. Cloud experts will also keep up with evolving technologies and keep you abreast of any changes.

Holistic view of environment

Hyperscaler: These kinds of development portals are usually overly complicated and non-intuitive, which makes spinning up and managing resources cumbersome, costly and difficult.

Cloud partner: A high-quality cloud provider will offer a more sophisticated portal with real-time analytics, including security, managed services, role based permissions, and up-to-the-minute audit support.

Perceived cost

Hyperscaler: Notice the word “perceived.” Going with a hyperscaler may start out less, but costs can quickly escalate and become difficult to manage and predict.

Cloud partner: In a partnership scenario, your provider will gain transparent and consultative understanding of existing challenges in order to develop a cloud solution that can cost effectively adapt to evolving needs—plus, you’re always in the know.

Your Cloud, Your Way, Today and for the Future with DataBank

When it comes to data center providers, colocation and connectivity are important. However, flexible access to any cloud, as well as solutions specifically designed for your changing needs, is just as critical. In the pursuit of cloud migration, your business deserves a truly consultative engagement and a customer-centric experience.

Here at DataBank, we offer highly secure public, private, and hybrid options without ever sacrificing performance. We’re FedRAMP certified and offer support for your compliance requirements. For customers who wish to use hyperscaler cloud resources, we offer turnkey access via Megaport. Further, regardless of your chosen solution, you can include proactive managed services for handling varied application workloads.

If you’re looking for to pave your path to the cloud, DataBank is here for you. Reach out to a cloud specialist, or call us at 1.800.840.7533 to speak to an expert today.