According to findings from The Cloud Industry Forum, almost nine in ten (89%) businesses are fully immersed in one cloud-based service or another, with adoption levels continuing to rise. For the first time in the cloud’s history, cloud infrastructure receives almost a fifth of businesses’ total IT budgets (19%), surpassing on-premise and legacy expenditure by 18%.
One of the biggest lessons learnt throughout this journey is that the cloud is different – and it had to be. The giants that created the platforms wanted to attract the masses, and they wouldn’t have been half as successful if they were simply recreating the customer’s environment on a cheaper tin. Innovation was key.
And so, the journey began. Customers dipped their collective toes in, and then, once confidence was achieved, implemented a cloud-first policy that completely transformed their IT practice.
But, what if you’re not there yet? It’s definitely healthy to look back at the lessons learnt from those who bravely stepped out of the sanctuary of their own data centre and put their prized possessions into someone else’s hands. This wasn’t sitting and worrying about your child’s first ever sleepover; this was sending them away on an indefinite exchange trip.
Connectivity is key in the first step to the cloud
You are effectively breaking the perimeter for the first time and allowing a path to and from your data centre. Things were simpler with that wall in place. You controlled everything, including the ability to watch and monitor the behaviour of your infrastructure at any given time of day or night.
One of the first observations regarding traffic management was that not all routes to the cloud are equal. Some connections gave basic connectivity only. This was a shock to some who not only were used to monitoring traffic, but also shaping it for priority during peak

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