Nearly half (45 percent) of on-premise virtualized operating system instances could run more economically in the cloud, for a 43 percent annual savings, according to research released this week by infrastructure optimization company TSO Logic. The research makes starkly clear the cost of legacy hardware, and the savings potential of cloud migration.
More than one in four OS instances are over-provisioned, the company says, and migrating them to an appropriate sized cloud instance would reduce their cost by 36 percent.
Drawn from an algorithmic analysis of anonymized data from TSO Logic’s North American customers, the research also showed that of 10,000 physical servers, 25 percent are at least 3-years-old. The same workload as done on Generation-5 servers could now be done on 30 percent less Generation-9 servers, based only on processor gains, the company says.
“The data demonstrates that there is plenty of low-hanging fruit that can easily drive significant savings for many enterprise organizations,” Aaron Rallo, TSO Logic’s CEO said in a statement. “Cloud migration is not an all-or-nothing proposition. By understanding current compute, how it’s used, and the economic differentials between current and future states, you can make smarter decisions about cloud strategies and other transformation investments.”
Ultimately, based on historical utilization, updating and correctly provisioning servers could result in the same workload being done with 54 percent less of them, according to the data.
This article originally appeared here at The Whir.