In our last blog, we discussed ways your company can save money by using cloud services. In this blog, we explore cost-effective ways to make a cloud migration. Before moving to the cloud, you need to determine if it makes sense to move certain resources. Making the transition to the cloud only to find your applications won't run and your network is a tangled mess creates a big waste of time and money.
Figuring out if moving to the cloud will save you money and meet your business goals should be part of assessing your cloud readiness.
Applications: To Move, or Not to Move?
According to the IDG 2016 Enterprise Cloud Computing survey, 70% of companies had at least one application running in the cloud by year-end. Additionally, 16% of respondents were planning to move an application to the cloud within 12 months. However, not every application will provide optimal value when running in the cloud.
If an application is experiencing increased traffic, moving it to the cloud is a great way to make sure you can handle your workload. The cloud can also help you adapt if an application goes through a periodic rise and fall in traffic. With the cloud, you can overcome any difficulty scaling to meet application needs. Cloud infrastructure can be scaled up and down so you don't waste money overprovisioning servers that remain dormant part of the time.
Applications that are due for an upgrade can be a good choice for migration. Instead of shelling out money for a new license, you can switch to software as a service (SaaS) with automatic monitoring and upgrades from your cloud provider.
Assessing Your Applications
Not all applications are compatible with the cloud. Your company will save the cost of losing valuable production time if you test your applications in preparation for moving them to the cloud.
Interdependencies between certain applications and your infrastructure may make migration difficult. Applications that are integrated into your on-premises environment may require extensive and costly redevelopment before they can be moved to the cloud.
Some applications may need to work off sensitive data that can't be moved to the cloud. Migrating the databank that feeds the application first will help make the transition to the cloud smoother.
Other applications may experience latency in the cloud. If you can't guarantee a satisfactory user experience, you probably shouldn't move an application to the cloud. Before migrating the application, make sure you know how much memory it needs to operate effectively.
Meeting Networking Challenges
Migrating to the cloud may add value to your business by expanding your networking capabilities. If your company has remote offices or a geographically-distributed workforce, moving to the cloud can increase the reliability and efficiency of your connectivity. Using a cloud network also offers flexibility for employees who rely on mobile devices to do their work.
Finding a cloud provider with a high-speed network will help you overcome the bottlenecks and latency you may be experiencing with your physical network. However, a cloud network may not do you any favors if you are clinging to your legacy infrastructure. The Future of Networking Global Survey 2017 found that 58% of respondents say their legacy infrastructure causes cloud-related network problems several times a month.
Getting Your Cloud Migration Right the First Time
Migrating to the cloud is a complicated process that requires careful planning. Weighing the cost benefits of moving key resources to the cloud before making the move will prevent the need for a costly and disruptive do over.
The ideal cloud provider should work with you ahead of migration to figure out which data and applications will provide the most value in the cloud. InfoSystems can help you explore realistic options for cloud migration by conducting a Cloud Readiness Assessment. We will take a comprehensive look at your entire on-site infrastructure to determine which resources can be moved to the cloud.
With InfoSystem's expert guidance, your cloud migration will be a successful one.