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Op Efficiency

Greetings cloud-lovers. I’m dusting off my blogging fingers with a short first post at CTS, although I’m technically cheating as someone else has done the hard work and already written a nice whitepaper on the topic of operational efficiency, that inspired me to scribble a few words down.

What’s it all about?

So, the lovely CTS folks shared a whitepaper with me that we’ve put together with Google around the topic of operational efficiency - i.e. doing stuff better.

In the current climate - and by that, I mean that in any industry the conditions are unpredictable, visibility is limited and project spend is perhaps being redirected to new areas - this is even more important than usual. The whitepaper tries to summarise the customer trends we’re seeing. This covers everything from migrating to the cloud quickly to avoid future hardware refreshes, or modernising a legacy data warehouse to provide insights faster.

Highlights to call out?

Yes indeed, that’s why I’m writing this. Here are 5 things that I found noteworthy:

1. This quote:

“A recent McKinsey study found that legacy systems account for 74% of a company’s IT spend, while hampering agility at the same time”.

It stood out as I’m often asked if we’ve reached the peak of cloud computing and migrations. My honest answer is I don’t think we’re anywhere close to it. The sheer amount of IT that exists in the world, often in forms now regarded as legacy (or more politely ‘heritage’) is amazing.

2. A reminder for everyone that Google’s VMWare migration offering is now mature and hot to trot. This isn’t a fit for everyone - essentially it’s a lift and shift approach, but it can work well if you’ve got a data centre exit looming and put off some of the planning due to the Covid impact and now need to move *fast* to get access to a better platform, with flexibility on cost control, whilst limiting change management and the immediate effort in refactoring usually associated with a migration.

3. Another quote, this time from our friends at IDC:

“The amount of data will grow from 33ZB in 2018 to 175ZB by 2025”

If you’re wondering, ZB is one sextillion bytes. Or more usefully, it’s a thousand exabytes, or a billion terabytes, or even a trillion gigabytes is the easiest to comprehend. Short version is… it’s a lot of data.

Your old data warehouse (looking at you, Teradata) is going to grind to a halt as this grows. There’s a truckload of programmes to help get you into Google’s offerings in this space - which will be faster (a lot), cheaper (a lot), and easier to use (a lot).

4. News to me, but Google have a true bare metal offering that they manage for you - technically situated in a colo in a sneaky fashion to drive down licensing costs for products like Oracle with, ahem, ‘challenging’ licensing terms. As much as I like to rag on Oracle cloud (yuck), they have done an amazing job of building a solid database product and many people still, and will, use it. Even if they might hate the audits that seem to happen more regularly.

Anyway, the upshot is somewhere cheaper to run your Oracle products vs. “other” cloud providers, and who doesn’t like to save some money?

5. Mainframes! Admit it, you didn’t expect that in a Google post. Well, Google went and bought a mainframe migration company earlier in the year, and now have access to some really interesting code and database conversion tooling that they’ve been rapidly industrialising. Another interesting route to removing the legacy risk from your business. This isn’t job number one for most people, but it’s good to have an avenue of attack for those with some degree of cloud maturity.


There is perhaps a common thread in the document that Google is firmly positioning GCP as the most cost-effective cloud solution, and they’re offering multiple solutions to ease the adoption and migration to GCP. Thomas Kurian has highlighted the strategy of “meeting customers where they are” multiple times, and it’s clear to see Google now putting significant effort into this.

In closing...

Sounds interesting? If yes, go take a look at this page and grab yourself a copy. We promise you won’t suddenly get mountains of CTS related spam, although we’d love to talk if you’re up for it.

More to come. Until then, stay safe, keep out of mischief, and keep washing those hands...

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