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Questions to Ask When Evaluating Public Cloud

By: Penny Collen, Financial Solutions Architect, Thought Leader, Blogger, and Speaker

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If you are feeling pressure on your latest IT budget because demand for services keeps climbing, you are not alone.  Not only are the requests for more services growing, but the time to deliver those services is getting shorter and shorter.  For IT to continue to be recognized as a value-added business partner, it must look for innovative solutions to deliver on business goals

and drive business growth. Public cloud adoption is being embraced by many organizations. A study by IDC Research Services reports that global IT budgets are averaging 16% of current spending on public cloud. That amount is expected to grow to 33% over the next two years.

What factors are key in causing this explosive change in provisioning IT resources? Research shows that 64% are due to improving cost efficiency, while 62% want to reduce IT overhead and 50% are seeking to speed application development for faster time to market. No doubt, these factors are all critical in both the short term and long term success of any business.

As with many game changing technology trends, there is a mix of results when moving workloads to a public cloud. Those who experience the greatest success are the ones who take time to evaluate existing workloads and determine which would benefit from a cloud environment

Some of the areas you should review include:

  • Source of demand – Is demand coming from new, innovative projects which are fairly discrete requests or are you finding the embedded base of work is growing? Some established workloads, like email services, are prime candidates to move to the cloud, freeing internal resources to handle more production oriented jobs.
  • Usage patterns in the current environment – Does analysis of usage patterns show seasonal or unpredictable usage? Flexible sourcing through the public cloud can reduce the need to acquire and maintain onsite resources for peak periods, stranding resources at other times.
  • Limitations on staff and budgets – Are you working with a small IT staff, coupled with limited dollars and hours to train for new skills? These factors, along with budget limitations for new hardware and tools add stress to already overtaxed staff members, reducing efficiency.
  • Need for agility and scalability – Do you find your existing development efforts are just too slow to meet market demands? The faster new products and services are delivered to the market, the sooner new revenues can be realized.
  • Service commitments in the public cloud – Will your applications continue to meet expectations for reliability and availability?
  • Portability of workloads – Will you need to change or reconfigure applications to move your existing applications to a public cloud? The cost to rewrite and reconfigure applications can extend deployment times and erase any cost savings.
  • Concerns about security – Will your needs for security and networking be met? Taking the time to assess security capabilities in a public cloud is an area which cannot be overlooked.

Whether you are beginning your transition to a public cloud, or expanding your current use of public cloud resources, you can optimize efficiency and effectiveness by using vCloud Air.  vCloud Air, the ready-to-run cloud, affords all the benefits of your existing vSphere environment as you embrace a hybrid cloud model. vCloud Air offers   portability, scalability, and agility for both existing and third-party applications. A move to the cloud using vCloud Air gives you peace of mind as you use common management and security, providing the same reliability and performance as that experienced in your current vSphere data center.

Take the time to review your current workloads and ask yourself the critical questions to ensure a successful public cloud migration. Businesses in a wide variety of industries are already realizing the benefits.

To learn more about moving your workloads to a public cloud with greater success, see our new eBook, A Guide to Public Cloud – An inside our approach for extending your data center to the cloud.

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