How modernizing cloud architecture in place can help ensure simplicity and flexibility

Replacing legacy applications with modern cloud architecture can lead a Chief Information Officer to “paralysis by analysis.” Many believe that choosing a cloud provider must be the first step. In fact, less than 20% of CIOs leading non-digital companies have large scale cloud implementations planned according to the KPMG Harvey Nash CIO Survey. The cost, timeline, and risks often keep projects from getting off the starting block, but now is the time. In fact, our alliance partner IBM has backed this strategy with a recent announcement that details a focused effort on hybrid cloud and AI capabilities to support clients.

If the prospect of cloud migration is daunting, consider this alternative: Organizations can “modernize in place” without facing the challenges of mass migration. Begin by upgrading key processes to contemporary technology in an “on-premise/private cloud” environment. Each application would move to the public cloud at an appropriate time, depending on the circumstance. This step-by-step journey helps organizations jumpstart modernization efforts while minimizing risks and maintaining cloud flexibility.

A savvy organization will choose the applications that make most sense for a move to the public cloud. Some applications may be more cumbersome or have security concerns in third-party infrastructures. Modernize them in place, on-premise or save those for later.

Once leadership agrees on modernizing in place, the crucial question is “How?”

A logical answer is to strategically leverage a hybrid multi-cloud platform that is innovative and cutting edge, and enterprise grade. Companies like Red Hat, the newest KPMG alliance in KPMG’s portfolio, is a leading provider of open-source enterprise solutions. An open-source strategy offers enterprises the ability to retain control while scaling and allows flexibility to pick and choose the right platform for each function.

Red Hat’s OpenShift is an industry leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, providing a scalable Kubernetes foundation for hybrid cloud computing across workloads. The platform orchestrates the automation of application deployment, scaling, and management. OpenShift intelligently figures out the optimal way to run cloud containers and monitors the health of cloud clusters in the same way a thermostat monitors ambient temperature to keep your house at a constant warmth. It provides reliability and enhanced security to ensure infrastructure performs and remains stable.

Open source, open options

The big benefit of open-source technology is the ability to align with various vendors and adjust as necessary. While throwing all in with one of the cloud heavyweights may have advantages such as economies of scale and dealing with only one vendor, remaining cloud agnostic has its own benefits.

A company can isolate and defer third-party risk with one foot on-premise and the other in the cloud. An open-source platform like Red Hat OpenShift, which can run on every major third-party cloud infrastructure, allows an organization to avoid vendor lock-in.

By modernizing in place, an organization can keep more options open. The journey can be managed in a relatively risk-averse and cost-effective way, one step at a time.

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