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Lift-and-Shift Cloud Strategies Can Be Costly

Lift-and-Shift Cloud Strategies Can Be Costly

Companies that migrate workloads "as-is" to the cloud -- a strategy known as lift and shift -- run the risk of losing most, or even all, of the hoped-for savings of winding down costly on-premise data centers, Bain & Company reports.

  • December 18, 2018
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Wall Street Journal

Lift-and-Shift Cloud Strategies Can Be Costly

It estimates that more than 80 percent of on-premise enterprise workloads are overprovisioned, meaning they have more compute power, memory and storage than they will ever need to operate.

Overprovisioning often happens "with mission critical workloads where the IT organization 'played it safe' and bought more performance hardware than is required," said Mark Brinda, a partner with Bain & Company and a senior member of its Technology, Media and Telecommunications practice.

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