The public cloud has stepped out of the shadows into the limelight as enterprises across industries and geographies scale their usage of it. Running applications in the cloud is no longer the sole responsibility of developers, it’s now a top-of-mind topic among just about everyone in IT – from CIOs charged with creating long-term cloud strategies to infrastructure teams designing, implementing, and managing complex environments often spanning a data center, private cloud, and multiple public clouds.
Extending your on-premises infrastructure to the public cloud can get you over the delivery deficiency hump, and help you meet the growing demands of your organization. And many organizations leverage the public cloud to build and provision IT resources quickly, or to create a self-service environment that enables internal clients to provision their own.
Yet, as many IT teams have discovered the hard way, realizing the opportunities presented by public cloud requires a strategy for navigating the obstacles that can accompany adoption. In fact, according to a 2016 survey from Innotas, 55 percent of participating organizations experienced at least one project failure in the past 12 months1. These failed projects can come at a high price for an organization both in hard costs (e.g. technology solutions that don’t meet business needs), as well as in soft costs like time and effort spent by resources across the organization.
Dave Linthicum, cloud strategist at Cloud Technology Partners, recently shared insights on how to get the most from the cloud in the VMware webcast Tips and Trends on Extending to the Cloud. He stresses that the key ingredient to cloud migration success lies in proper scoping, and outlined this four-part strategy:
- IT Real Estate – Clearly understand the current state of your IT infrastructure, including an inventory of all your applications, dependencies and integrations – this is something enterprises typically overlook because it’s hard to do.
- Strategic Objectives– Deciding what to do requires that you know what you are trying to accomplish. Are you racing to prepare for equipment end of life or an expiring data center lease? Is your goal more about scalability or enabling developer or DevOps stakeholders? It’s likely that the answer is all of these, which makes having a sound strategy in place that much more important.
- Architectural Constraints – Network bandwidth, compatibility, and reliability are often among the top concerns when moving workloads to a public cloud platform. Understanding user access, firewall rules, application dependencies, and other system connection requirements is key before choosing a path forward in the cloud.
- Planning Constraints – These include resources, skill sets, budgets, etc. It’s crucial to understand how the changes in the infrastructure will drive changes in areas such as resource consumption models, and what that means for the enterprise.
Proper scoping will help to uncover your opportunities to leverage the public cloud to deliver apps and services instantly and securely while getting the most from existing IT investments.
To learn more about cloud migration strategies with VMware vCloud® AirTM:
- Watch Dave Linthicum’s VMware webcast, Tips and Trends on Extending to the Cloud
- Download our eBook, Modernize Your VMware Data Center with the Public Cloud
1 Innotas, The Project and Portfolio Management Landscape, 2016.