Millions of enterprise businesses are now shifting computing workloads on to cloud platforms. According to Forrester, the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 2017, and will continue to grow at a 22% compound annual growth rate (CAGR).
While cloud computing has gained unstoppable momentum, let’s review the best practices for building a successful cloud migration strategy.
Cloud computing does not always imply moving all your computing requirements and data to a server farm controlled by a third party. In fact, there are several options, each with unique merits:
Your deployment model of choice will depend on the type of data you handle. Opting for public cloud could cause issues where you handle highly sensitive data, for example. In turn, hybrid models are attractive but can be costly to administer and may bring a closer focus on the ability of the existing infrastructure to accommodate cloud models.
Finally, opting for private cloud may sacrifice many of the cost-saving efficiencies cloud computing offers. Importantly, you should seriously weigh up the pros and cons of each deployment model long before deciding on vendors and actually migrating.
Your business may be familiar with the technology migration process but migrating to the cloud present unique challenges. These challenges must be tackled before your business start the migration process:
A big advantage of cloud adoption is the reduced need for in-house technology management, while hardware and software maintenance are outsourced instead. This does not make cloud computing a set-and-forget option. Your cloud solution requires ongoing focus:
Cloud computing is attractive in part because it removes many of the headaches around getting the most out of technology. But cloud deployments require management too and there are often complexities that will be alien to businesses that have not used cloud deployments.
Partner with a technology provider that knows the cloud and the associated complexities inside out. ELEKS has extensive cloud deployment experience including platform development, cloud migration, and DevOps. Get in touch with us to get the most out of your move to the cloud.
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