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MOVING TO THE CLOUD

With cloud infrastructure and services becoming more mature and readily available, you may be planning or already in the process of implementing a move to the cloud. But with so many cloud vendors in the marketplace today, the question becomes which parts of your infrastructure and which workloads should you move to the cloud, and what will your sourcing strategy be?

If you’re making cloud technology decisions, it’s often worthwhile to take a step back to clearly articulate why you are moving to the cloud, understand how your requirements align to different cloud models, and ensure that you’re across all the considerations necessary to maximise the benefits and mitigate the risks.

Reasons you may be moving to the cloud include:

Increase agility

Many enterprises are looking to increase their agility or ‘burstability’ within their technology infrastructure, through the availability of rapidly and easily provisioned systems. Thought must be given to whether IT can easily provision usable and useful systems from the chosen cloud and whether any additional automated configuration tools are required.

Reduce cost

Cloud infrastructure and services offer attractive opportunities to lower total cost of ownership. To realise those benefits you need an accurate picture of how the costs of the cloud model you are moving to stack up against your existing model and other alternatives.

Improve quality of IT services

Most cloud providers have a range of service offerings that deliver varying levels of performance. The challenge is to ensure that the service you choose delivers a highly available, resilient, and well performing system that can be maintained in the cloud in a cost efficient manner.

Reduce IT management

Consideration needs to be given to the ease of management of the chosen cloud, what new internal skills will be required or what external partnerships will need to formed to manage your usage.