Those Days Are Gone
The days of having your infrastructure neatly packaged in your own data center are behind us. Aside from the allure of SaaS applications, many organizations are looking for infrastructure and platform providers to deliver the hardware and systems they need on a pay-as-you-go basis with the security and reliability they demand.
When an organization decides to move to the cloud, there are some key drivers, primarily a shift from capital to operational funds. And the decision is often based on current vendor relationships. That’s because it is hard to get answers that isn’t colored by the specific industry the vendor operates in. As a result, proposed solutions often are based on a particular point of view, rather and a broad understanding of all the options.
The First Step
The first decision is to determine which candidate systems and workloads to move first. That decision must be made based on the value of the data to the organization and what the service levels need to be.
Organizations may first look at archived data. It’s not data you need to get quickly, but you need to keep it for a long time – and it’s taking lots of space on spinning disks or tape and you’re paying for a lot of space in a vault.
Find The Ghost Data
One of the things this process drives is the realization that enterprises are often unaware of exactly what data they have. That leads to the discovery of applications and storage that were previously unknown.
Once you know where your data resides, you can begin to consider how it might be migrated and protected. This is where our data expertise is needed. What is are the security requirements for the data in transit and at rest? Will the migration result in vendor lock-in? Are my user sites able to use the cloud stored data with acceptable latency and availability performance?
With cloud applications running in purpose-built containers rather than the traditional multi-tiered stack of hardware, operating systems and other services, it’s important to understand a new approach to application development is required.