The cloud is not an all-or-nothing decision, nor a one-size-fits-all solution. It’s about finding the right place for the right application. Often, that means finding the right mix of workloads and applications that transcend all three areas of cloud – on-premises, private and public.
When a company decides to move a workload to cloud, it is to solve a business problem – a fairly commonplace solution in today’s world. What is important are the steps taken to evaluate, select and manage the right cloud – or clouds – to meet the specific business need.
Here are three things you can begin to think about today to get ready for the cloud:
- Where are you on the cloud maturity curve?
This is your Capabilities Maturity Model Integration Assessment. It’s a helpful starting point for understanding if you’re ready to move to the cloud. Ask yourself the following questions to see where you think your organization falls in the following 4 categories – People – Process – Technology – Business along the spectrum:
- Are you still sitting on legacy infrastructure?
- Do you need to standardize and consolidate some of your infrastructure?
- Are you at the point where you can virtualize and optimize your infrastructure?
- Can you begin to automate the infrastructure’s capabilities and move toward being more service oriented? This is possible if your infrastructure is virtualized.
- Are you ahead of the curve and able to adaptively source? This means you can spread your workloads across multiple clouds.
When you understand where you are from a maturity standpoint, you can begin to look at location, delivery and consumption of your applications; or it may highlight some work that needs to happen before you can begin leverage the cloud.
- How do you want to deliver and consume your applications?
This evaluation assesses the application delivery and consumption platforms your business may choose. It is entirely workload dependent.
Take an as example a legacy application of an oil company. They need to keep their data for 25 years to comply with Health, Safety and Environmental issues. It may make sense to keep the data on legacy infrastructure now, but in two to three years they may want to move it into converged infrastructure. Or, if the application is not heavily used it might be best to have it spun up into the cloud.
With each workload ask yourself these three questions:
- Where do I need to deliver the application from?
- How do I want to consume it?
- From which platform?
- How do you want to manage it?
This piece evaluates service management, focused on the full scope of the service. This includes the application, the underlying infrastructure, and the cloud itself – the full stack.
What will work best for you to support your entire infrastructure? The answer is related to the type of infrastructure you’ve decided on.
- Legacy infrastructure might be best supported by legacy operations.
- Converged infrastructure might be best supported by hybrid operations.
- Cloud and converged infrastructure might be best supported by out-sourced operations.
If you don’t know the answers to these questions today, that’s okay! We can help you discover the answers. Building a roadmap to the cloud and developing a cloud strategy are essential to your success. We can work with you from start to finish. We pride ourselves on our experience and expertise in selecting the customized set of solutions that’s right for your business.
See for yourself on January 11, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EST during our webinar, Why the Public Cloud is Not Enough: Maximizing Your Cloud Investment, as we walk through a cloud and application assessment to share how your organization can become cloud-enabled. Register Now.