Migrating to the cloud could mean many things to different people but firstly, the ‘cloud’ may very well be on-premise and managed entirely by your IT team. This would be a private cloud where your most private applications can reside. The hybrid cloud and public cloud are also options for certain workloads.
But why move to the cloud?
Cloud computing environments offer a more flexible, on-demand, software driven infrastructure where different layers of the vertical stack can be managed more easily through software that can orchestrate and manage the workloads and applications in an intelligent manner delivering an agile, scalable, adaptive, sensing, and even self healing environment.
For example, an application that is failing is constantly monitored via telemetrics and before it fails, leading indicators prompt the creation of a duplicate instance of the application in another server. As the first instance truly fails, the new instance can completely take over the load. In an old fashioned datacenter, such an app may have needed a duplicate server with application running constantly and be permanently on guard for a failure. This resulted in a completely redundant system with its concomitant costs, operating and maintenance resource requirements.
More business reasons to move to the cloud
The typical datacenter uses a vast range of experts that must be hired, trained, managed
and deployed plus the technology that must be bought, managed, operated, updated and eventually managed to obsolescence in an efficient manner. This incurs massive capital costs as well as operating expenses for the business, simply to deliver IT services.
In a managed cloud environment, much of the infrastructure (private, public, on-premise or off-premise) is managed by the cloud provider. They build the infrastructure and hire and train and deploy IT teams and sell the computing power to customers much as a utility and charge based upon what is used. Thus, converting these capital and operating costs into variable expense costs is a financial advantage. In addition, when a department (e.g. marketing, sales) must respond to a market change, such as a competitive threat, they need a new application or IT service to be put into service ASAP.
Conventional datacenter environments are slow in delivering such strategic applications. This is because there is such a large overhead of operational responsibilities that the strategic areas take a back seat due to lack of resources and time.
Tranzform can help your IT team to analyze, plan and pilot phased migrations to the private or public cloud. Our teams have done this before for many clients, and in a variety of environments and circumstances. We bring experience and domain expertise to help you evaluate the best solution from the various cloud solution providers that will suit your particular requirements.
Contact Us to determine your cloud migration approach and implementation.