In part one and two, we discussed the financial aspect and people aspect of the journey to the cloud. If you haven’t had a chance to read the blog posts, we’d recommend starting there. As mentioned in the two blog posts, moving to the cloud can be a quicker process than updating your hardware and can solve many efficiency issues, but it is a still a journey and takes time.
This week, we are going to discuss the final piece of the cloud journey, the cloud.
Cloud: The Challenge
While both the financial and people aspects are a big part of the journey, the actual cloud itself can be your final challenge. The cloud is shiny and new, so it is easy to get tunnel vision and only focus on what you want to see. Companies need to make sure they understand the cloud options and what it means for their current processes. The cloud options are public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud. Within those options, are various cloud vendors to consider as well. While companies still plan to move to the cloud, one cloud option might make more sense than another option they originally thought would work better. For example, wanting to move to a private cloud when a public cloud has more cost savings and benefits than a private cloud for your company.
Cloud: The Solution
Luckily, there are some key strategies to help overcome some of the common challenges to make sure you pick the cloud that is best suited for your company
While comparing costs is one way to look at all the options, you also need to consider everything from the benefits to the requirements. It can be easy to get caught up in comparing the benefits, but you will also want to make sure you understand what will be required in order to make the move to the cloud. While cost can be a factor, so can implementation depending on what needs to be done.
Creating a small team to research each option can help create a non-biased view of which option will make the most sense for the company. Additionally, this can also bring in different viewpoints and can help create a clearer picture of what each cloud option may mean for the company. To ensure the team is successful, setting goals can also make it easier for them to understand what the company is hoping to accomplish with the move to the cloud.
Up until this point, we’ve only briefly touched on training and resources after the implementation process has started. When it comes to selecting a cloud option, if you are struggling between a few options, sometimes it helps to outline some of the implementation planning steps. This allows you to foresee any road blocks and could provide a clearer picture on which option will make more sense.
MyCloudIT is currently only available on the Microsoft Azure cloud, but it can provide additional help when it comes to implementing a public cloud option. Whether you need help with the infrastructure or want a cost saving option, MyCloudIT is able to automate and manage your deployments. Through auto-scaling and scheduling, the platform is able to decrease the complexity and increase cloud cost savings.