Firms should exercise caution and patience when transitioning to cloud computing platforms, according to HP.
Ken Won, director for HP's cloud software marketing business, told V3 that the company has found in many cases companies need to transition their on-premise systems before even considering a cloud platform.
Won explained that in order for companies to migrate from on-premise to cloud systems, firms need to first virtualise much of their IT infrastructure, creating an environment which can easily be transferred to cloud service providers.
"There is a fair amount of work that customers need to do before they jump into the cloud," Won explained.
"Some are ready to dive in now, while others need to do work in maturing their IT environments before they set off on the cloud journey."
Won said that while traditional early adopter markets such as the financial services industry are leading the way in cloud adoption, the market also has some surprising leaders. Due to mandates from the Obama administration, the US government has become a leader in the adoption of cloud platforms.
"It is a very interesting situation for the government, they tend to be a bit of a technology laggard because the procurement cycles are so long," he explained.
"They are in an unusual position where they are technology leaders in adopting the cloud."
Once companies are ready to move into the cloud, the company cautions executives and administrators to carefully consider prospective hosts. Won said that HP has found many of its customers struggle with service providers who are unable to accommodate growing businesses or changes in the market.
"One of the challenges that customers will have is that they can jump into a cloud environment, but their needs may change and the cloud environment may not keep up," Won said.
"It is important for customers to think about what needs they may have in the future so they can pick a cloud environment that can grow with their needs."
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