Moving to private cloud saves enterprises 25%

Most large enterprises can save a minimum of 25% on their IT costs over five years by moving to a private cloud from a legacy IT environment.

According to the latest “Nokia Enterprise Private Cloud TCO Model” report, enterprises can also expect to break even on their private cloud investment in less than three years.

Advocates of moving to private cloud have typically focused on the operational and business benefits that this approach can offer, in terms of flexibility, agility and the ability to scale quickly.

The analysis underlying the enterprise private cloud TCO model is among the first available in the market that specifically addresses the question that is most critical to IT managers – what are the cost benefits of this move?

In the report, the common assumption that private cloud is too difficult or costly to adopt is proven wrong. It shows, in fact, that large enterprises should make the move directly to private or public-private hybrid cloud because it utilizes off-the-shelf components and is less expensive.

The analysis began with an existing budget for a representative legacy IT environment, and contrasted that with the requirements of a shift to a private cloud model and associated costs. More specifically, the analysis takes the overall operational budget of the enterprise data center (eliminating costs that will be largely the same in either scenario such as facilities costs – power, rent, air conditioning/heating), and then provides a high-level breakout by the software or operational tasks performed. The breakout was then used to calculate potential cost impacts – both increases and decreases – for a cloud environment.

The financial model is based on a private cloud, or private-public hybrid cloud architecture that can be built at any large enterprise today, incorporating commercial components from a variety of vendors as well as open source components including OpenStack cloud management software. The model also assumes that the cloud architecture is one that does not require “forklift” replacement of the IT environment, but instead sits on top of the existing IT infrastructure as an overlay. As a result, it also assumes a deployment strategy that would minimize changes to day-to-day IT operations.

IDC validated the model overall, including the ranges of potential increased and decreased costs by category.

Randy Perry, vice-president: business value strategy at IDC, says: “IDC has conducted an extensive analysis of the structure and operation of the Nokia Enterprise Private Cloud TCO Model. We are satisfied that the assumptions, all supported by 3rd party references, are reasonable and comprehensive enough to establish a fair comparison of total costs of private cloud and legacy environments.

“Also, the industry data and default settings fall within acceptable ranges based on IDC business value research with over 450 enterprises over the last two years. Finally, the algorithms and methodology for calculating cost savings are accurate and adhere to commonly accepted financial guidelines.”

Mike Loomis, head of the large enterprise segment at Nokia, comments: “The private cloud TCO model we are introducing today is an industry first. Most advocates for the deployment of a private or hybrid cloud in large enterprises focus their arguments on the benefits offered by a cloud approach, be it faster deployment times for new applications, a more flexible approach to deploying and managing their resources and similar claims.

“While these claims in many cases are legitimate, our model differs by addressing the core concerns most enterprise IT managers have: is this move worth the investment, and are the savings really there? Our analysis provides a resounding ‘yes’. Better yet, IDC, a highly-respected analyst firm, agrees.”

The cost savings identified by the model were calculated using the most conservative assumptions available, based on the needs of highly regulated industries such as finance and healthcare. Further, increased costs, such as the costs of migrating legacy applications to the cloud, were calculated at the upper end of a possible range of values.

Therefore, the overall 25% cost savings can be considered a minimum baseline – actual savings in practice would likely be considerably higher.

Posted by itonline.com | 1.25.17 | Photo: Pixabay mash-up