January 13, 2020 – On the eve of the Microsoft End-of-Support deadline for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, Cloudhouse research has revealed that over 90% of UK’s FTSE 100 and 250 and US’s Dow Jones, Fortune 250 and 500, and S&P 100 companies have major cloud migration challenges when it comes to business applications.

Surveying senior IT decision-makers within over 100 of the UK and US’s largest enterprises, research commissioned by Cloudhouse explored the challenges around cloud migration of legacy business applications.

The full report can be downloaded from here: Cloudhouse_Research_Report_Final_012020

Amongst the main findings:

– over 90% of UK and US enterprises have run into major problems migrating legacy business applications to the cloud as part of their digital transformation, with 84% holding applications back.

– Almost all companies (96%) are still running applications on legacy Windows operating systems.

– Yet with less than two months to go before the January 14, 2020 end-of-life deadline for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008, 69% are still severely hampered by the cost and complexity of migrating legacy applications.

– Nearly a third (31%) fear being locked into a single cloud-provider and almost a quarter (24%) admit they don’t know of any solutions that would enable them to migrate their legacy applications.

– More than a fifth (22%) are putting off the migration of business-critical applications because they don’t want to endanger risk them in a new, incompatible cloud server environment.

– Almost six-in-ten (58%) have between a quarter and three-quarters of all their applications on legacy operating systems. Yet while 94% view application migration as important to digital transformation, only 6% have completed their digital transformation strategies and only 6% see containerisation as a solution.

“It’s very worrying that some of the largest enterprises in the UK risk being crippled by their inability to migrate legacy applications to the cloud as the Windows end-of-life deadline looms,” said Mat Clothier, CEO, Cloudhouse.

“There is a gap in expertise and in their understanding of cloud-migration technology such as containerisation, which they need to overcome this paralysis. Otherwise they face escalating costs and severely downgraded competitiveness.”

The research found that although every enterprises surveyed want to resolve the all-too-common problems of incompatibility with legacy systems, 35% are prevented from doing so by lack of cloud market knowledge and 27% by lack of expertise.

More than a third (34%) plan to upgrade their old applications prior to migration and 16% will go through costly and complex recoding and refactoring. Some 12% will migrate to a separate virtual environments such as Citrix.

“Major enterprises are neglecting the most effective and obvious solution – application compatibility packaging,” said Clothier.

“This is an advanced form of packaging that lifts each legacy application and its underlying environment and makes it fully-functioning and evergreen in the cloud. Incompatible applications can be packaged and migrated without the need for refactoring, recoding, upgrading or any impact on end-user experience. This eradicates extended support charges as well as removing technical debt. It’s time for enterprises to reappraise the options.”

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