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COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT ENTERPRISE CLOUD

Public cloud providers – like Azure, AWS and Google Cloud Platform – offer organizations an easy and inexpensive way to set-up and pay for hardware, applications and bandwidth. The public cloud’s ability to quickly scale resources up and down can help organizations ensure high performance during peak times, and save costs on unused resources.

Private cloud is dedicated to a single organization. Organizations use their own data center where it’s on premise resources are accessed with the same efficiency as a public cloud.

In most cases, organizations are using a private cloud because they want to take advantage of a capital investment that they have already made. They use private cloud technology to get the same efficiencies of the public cloud, and can write off the capital expenditure as the equipment depreciates.

Hybrid cloud is a term used when an organization uses both private and public cloud solutions, and can move workloads between them at will. This option provides elasticity to scale resources quickly, while also giving organizations the freedom of choice and flexibility to choose where to host applications.

Cloud bursting is one of benefits of a hybrid cloud environment. An organization can run most of its applications on-premise, and during peak teams it can take advantage of the public cloud to handle the extra workload. This is designed to be seamless.

In addition, organizations may not want to move every application to the cloud because certain types of workloads work better on-premise. For example, specialized hardware for an analytics platform works better (and faster) when it is closer to the data.

Multi-cloud is a term used to describe IT infrastructure that uses multiple public cloud providers like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. A multi-cloud strategy can help enable greater flexibility and agility, and eliminate the risk of vendor lock-in.

Remember when Oracle was the cheapest option for enterprise software in the 2000’s? Over the years they were able to increase prices because they had their customers locked-in.

Don’t make the same mistake with your public cloud. Adopt a multi-cloud strategy that gives you fluidity to move applications between different public clouds and even a private cloud.

Freedom of choice = budgetary freedom.

A lack of planning is the biggest problem enterprise organizations make when they move to the cloud.

Remember to consider these three important elements in your plan:

Architecture: Have you completed your capacity planning? What does your logical architecture look like? Have you carried out a spend analysis? Will you actually be saving money?

Implementation: Will you use a lift and shift approach? Or will you build a cloud-native app?

Management: How will you control costs? How will you fix things? Have you considered cloud resiliency?

Moving to the cloud is exciting and is a top priority on the IT roadmap of many organizations. There are three key things to consider when selecting a cloud provider and migrating your applications.

  • Use pre-purchased and reserved instances. This approach allows you to be charged based on your actual utilization and varies in cost, much like a regular utility bill.  Ultimately, this provides a lot of agility and helps lower the barrier of initial entry.
  • Architect your systems to leverage the cloud. Avoid the “lift & shift” approach. Instead, consider updating legacy apps so they can perform optimally in a cloud environment, or use an alternative infrastructure like an on-premise server, co-location, or private cloud.  application.
  • Pay close attention to the SLAs and operational level agreements. Not only should they be well defined but they should be strict enough for your business.

Read more about the right ways to move to the cloud here.

Yes – this is why planning is so important! Where will your app be running? AWS or Azure or somewhere else?

Each public cloud provider has it’s own set of services. For example, if you create a native AWS or native Azure app, you won’t be able to easily move it to an alternative public cloud service provider.

You must ask yourself – is cloud portability is important?

If you want to move apps, then you don’t want to build for specific services like AWS and Azure. Instead, you should build a generic app and use an inner wrapper.

It will come at the expense of resource efficiency which means you will spend a little more to run your app. But the benefit is you will not br locked in to the cloud service provider.

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