Public clouds are essentially remote data centers paired with a proprietary user interface that you use to access the data center resources. You have a lot of choices in the marketplace, so before making any decisions, ask yourself and your IT team these important questions:
1. Where is your organization’s current position on the cloud transformation continuum?
Your company is certainly using some cloud computing solutions currently (perhaps in the form of shadow IT) but to what extent? Understanding your current cloud usage and your organization’s position in terms of its cloud computing transformation can help you create a path that will work for you.
2. What is your current state of cloud readiness and what efficiencies can be realized with cloud computing solutions?
You need to diagram your business flow and create a model to understand your physical infrastructure and supported workloads. Armed with this information, you’ll be a better position to identify possible gains in efficiency.
3. What is your plan to transform cloud-ready services?
Moving to the cloud will undoubtedly be a big change for some people and lines of business. It’s important to put a plan in place for transforming cloud-ready services and establishing a culture of change.
4. Do you have a layered approach for evolving your IT infrastructure?
Once you have the first three questions answered, you need to develop a layered approach to handle non-cloud-ready services over time and leverage your legacy systems where they still make sense.
While these four questions can serve as the backbone of your cloud transformation, there are certainly many other questions that need to be answered. In fact, our list of 30 questions to ask before turning to cloud computing post is still a go-to when thinking about adopting cloud computing solutions.
Whatever decisions you make, be sure to plan ahead—do what you can to avoid the common cloud traps, carefully consider your options, and develop contingency plans for all scenarios. If you don’t have the skills in-house, work with an advisor or consultant who can help you develop a roadmap for your cloud transformation.
To learn more about how you can transition to the new cloud computing model, consider a Cloud Strategy and IT Transformation Workshop from ASG. This is a collaborative, interactive discussion that will give you a better understanding of the marketplace and leave you with ideas on how you can integrate the cloud into your own environment.