Planning Your Move to the Cloud

Planning Your Move to the Cloud

What is happening at your company in relation to a cloud migration plan?  More and more organizations are implementing some form of cloud computing into their environments. If you are considering a move to the cloud and you are leveraging a third-party vendor, it is essential to have an understanding of your available options. You don't have to go all up, all at once. Nor must you hand over precious data if you don't want to. Many organizations are implementing hybrid solutions that allow them to scale on demand, while also keeping business-critical data on-prem.

Cloud Drivers: What's Moving Companies To The Cloud?

When considering the cloud, most companies are looking to gain cost efficiency and scalability. The need to do more with less has accelerated, yet the cost of IT infrastructure continues to increase. Companies are also faced with the need to become more agile, yet it is often difficult to provision hardware quickly enough to meet market demands. The cloud offers an interesting promise in terms of the operational efficiencies it can deliver.

Cloud Trends: What's Already Operating In The Cloud?

Things + Devices – Each sensor-equipped device may represent a small amount of data on its own. Multiply this by hundreds, thousands, or millions of sensors, all sending data to the cloud, and the collective stream presents a large sum of data.

Applications

There's a good chance you're already operating in the cloud without even realizing it. Applications such as LinkedIn, DocuSign, Salesforce, and Office 365 operate in the cloud.

Data

During the next eight years, the amount of digital data produced will exceed 40 zettabytes, which is the equivalent of 5,200 GB of data for every man, woman, and child on Earth.


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Cloud Patterns: How are companies using the cloud?

On & Off Workloads – Many businesses are using the cloud for development and test scenarios, where servers are provisioned for a short period of time and then turned off when not in use.

Unpredictable Bursting – If your businesses are seasonal, and especially if peak times are unpredictable, the cloud allows you to support your online operations without downtime.

Fast Growth – If you are in a position of fast growth, the cloud gives you the flexibility to support online operations without the hassle of predicting and provisioning hardware to meet scale. This is especially economical for plateau periods since you only pay for what you use.

Cloud Migration Conclusion

Which one is right for you? Well, that depends on the skills & hardware you have in-house vs. what you are willing to outsource. Fortunately, with the right technology partner, planning your move to the cloud is as simple as it is worthwhile.

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