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Best practices for moving workloads to the cloud

Pierluigi Paganini | Oct. 21, 2014
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The rapid diffusion for the cloud computing paradigm and promised benefits for the adoption of cloud infrastructure are attracting a growing number of businesses and organizations.

Of course, it is essential for organizations to maximize the benefits of migration to cloud architecture by reducing costs and minimizing risks.

Cloud computing represents a fundamental change in how companies use and provide their services. For many small and midsize businesses, it represents a choice to compete in a business environment with powerful competitors.

IT managers are today inundated with countless business proposals. For this reason, I will give you some useful insights for moving workloads to the cloud.

Identify decision makers within the upper management of the enterprise and be sure of their commitment.
The adoption of cloud architecture is a process that requires strong effort for the entire enterprise. Every function, application and data have to be moved to the cloud; for this reason, it is necessary to have a strong commitment from the management.

Top management is responsible for the harmonious growth of the company, and technology represents a key factor for business development today.

Managers have to establish reasonable goals for adopting the cloud computing paradigm. A migration to the cloud requires a team effort to plan, design, and execute all the activities to move the workloads to the new IT infrastructure. The migration process could be managed by three teams with a deep expertise in:

 

  • Infrastructure
  • Data and application
  • Cyber Security

 

The divisions have to coordinate their efforts, defining the transition plan and focusing on those activities that need a joint effort.

Public or private cloud, which to choose?
Enterprises have to choose the proper cloud architecture. One of the most important decisions is related to the adoption of a public or private cloud infrastructure.

The choice depends on various factors, including the size of the enterprise and the budget reserved to the IT services of the company. A public cloud is usually offered by specialized companies of large dimensions (e.g. Amazon, Google and Microsoft) which provides cloud infrastructure at low cost, including expenses for ordinary management of the architecture and of the hosted data.

Companies that choose a public cloud have little control of data. Data and applications are shared among numerous business with obvious repercussions on security and privacy.

In a private cloud, company data and applications are hosted in a remote data center dedicated to a single business, giving more control to the businesses in terms of security, privacy and flexibility. Obviously a private cloud is more expensive than a public one.

 

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