Someone come out to me and ask me if i would like to evaluate some IT services to be migrated to Azure or AWS, even Google or Alibaba..
Yes, definitely, that can happen and may be it is terrifying. But you have probably old legacy applications with no support at all, may be you have operating systems with no support at all, or even may be, and this is the most common driver, you are running out of disk space.
Let´s say your IT provider explains how to backup or how planning a disaster recovery of your Vmware farm and VMs hosted on some private cloud provider which ask you for a lot of money when you want a snapshot or more space for previous backups. Would you open your ears to them?
Let´s say you know your limited infrastructure budget and in the last meeting you attended, your CFO wanted to know how to expand your products to other markets and how you can reduce IT investment and increase the Go-to-Market in other countries. Do you dare to ask about AWS or Azure?
I need to be sure and want a clear roadmap to the public cloud, how to determine if some applications are suitable for the cloud, i want to compare my TCO with the cloud scenario, cloud consumption forecast, and please security, is it really secure?
The journey to the cloud depends on a solid assessment methodology, right tools, right knowledge and licensing experts. Pay attention to that. As far as you have all of that there is no fear at all.
There are lots of simple or quite simple applications which can be migrated to the cloud reducing their hardware profile in many cases oversized. Anyway the Six cloud migration strategies (the 6 Rs) should be follow by the company in charge of your cloud transition projects. On the other hard, please keep in mind: a lift&shift approach without no previous consultancy, no enough discovery of your data center infrastructure, not being focused on challenges and stoppers is something to be worried about.
Another factor to be evaluated it´s your coexistence model with your on premise IT world, private cloud and other SaaS applications which may be have a SSO with your company. Designing the right strategy related to your hybrid cloud and embracing the best of east and west is a must in your roadmap. Don´t forget that.
Finally security. You don´t need to struggle with security as it is more a matter of adoption with the right experts who will guide you in parallel with your workloads migration. It is true that the cloud provider, AWS, Azure or whatever you choose, take care of the cloud (they are compliant with many certifications such as FIPS, HIPPA or ISO2007) but you take care on the cloud of your applications. There are a lot of cutting edge technologies provided by them to minimize efforts and reduce the complexity of your security maintenance. Even there are a tremendous marketplace with all the best thirty party security products aligned with them.
How complex would be my journey to the cloud?, i know there are lots of new functionalities every day.
Yes, we can refactoring some applications in a second phase or we can even modify your DEVOPS model to be more efficient. With governance, we can reduce cost, improve availability and scalability and standardize your deployment of new services. We can work with you on data analytics scenarios with different ETLs or help your with IoT, PaaS and serverless solutions for new web services and so on. But that depends on you and your business needs.
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