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VMware #CloudOps Friday Reading Topic – Workload Migration

What existing enterprise applications should be moved to the public cloud?

Your enterprise cloud strategy should be based on a clear understanding of what is realistic. Verify your assumptions about what can be and what shouldn’t be moved into a public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud environment as you build a business case and a plan.

 Q: Which Apps Should I Move to the Cloud? A: Wrong Question (James Staten, Forrester)
Asking “which apps to move to the cloud” shows we still have much to learn about public cloud environments.

Which Apps to Move to the Cloud? (Ben Kepes, Diversity Limited)
Think in terms of “peeling of an onion” and “baby steps.”

Checklist: Is my app ready for the cloud? (Marco Meinardi, Joyent)
Three point checklist.  Number 1, is the application written for the cloud?

How To Pick a Project for Your First Public Cloud Migration (David Linthicum, Blue Mountain Labs)
Start with low visibility, low risk, low complexity.

With all the hype about the cloud, the dirty little secret is that most enterprise applications won’t be forklifted into a public cloud environment.

From an IT operations perspective – that means as your company pursues a cloud strategy, or increases the use of automation and standardization to gain agility, you will still need to manage a mix of physical, virtual and cloud environments. You’ll support a broad mix of existing enterprise applications and new killer apps designed for the cloud. And regardless of where the workload physically lives, you will be responsible for making sure it all works and works together.

It is an exciting time to be an IT Ops professional. Use of technology grows unabated. Complexity seems to grow without limits. That sounds like job security to me.

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About Kurt Milne

Kurt Milne is the Director of Product Marketing at VMware with more than 20 years of experience in various executive management, engineering, and analyst positions at leading tech companies, including Hewlett-Packard, BMC Software and several startups. In 2011, he released a book called “Visible Ops Private Cloud: from virtualization to private cloud in 4 practical steps”. Formerly the Managing Director of the IT Process Institute, he was the primary investigator and author of 6 major research studies on private cloud, virtualization, IT controls, change configuration and release, strategic alignment and IT governance.