Moving Forward on a Hybrid Cloud Project? Here’s What You Need to Ask First
As of 2015, 82 percent of enterprises had a hybrid cloud strategy in place. Many businesses see the advantages the cloud can provide, both in terms of potential cost savings as well as increased efficiency and productivity, but not every system can be easily migrated. With that in mind, companies often consider adopting hybrid cloud models, allowing them to shift over certain operations without committing to a fully cloud-based design.
Often, the success of a hybrid cloud implementation has less to do with the technology involved and more to do with the level of planning and overall approach. If you want your project to be a success, it is vital that all of the groundwork be completed before taking a single step forward for implementing the solution. To help you ensure you are properly prepared, here are some questions you need to ask to make sure your business will experience the most benefit in the end.
Do we have a complete picture of the current IT landscape?
Before you begin planning on a hybrid cloud design, it is critical to understand what your current landscape involves. Review the full complement of applications as well as the associated infrastructure to make sure you understand every piece as it stands today. This will allow you to structure the project more effectively when the time comes.
What are our business function priorities?
Most enterprises have a wide variety of business functions, and which are considered priorities can change over time. Take the time to organize each area based on its level of significance to ensure you take action in a way that benefits the company most.
Which applications affect our high-priority business functions?
Understanding which applications directly impact the business functions you have labeled as priorities will help you determine when and how certain activities should be moved to the cloud. It also gives you a chance to review your procedures for redundancies, giving you the opportunity to pare down the number of applications you actually need to maintain or simply eliminate those that are no longer providing value. You will also see if any applications need updating or other improvements, giving you a chance to modernize while you update the overall landscape.
What does the architecture of our ideal solution look like?
Now that you know your priorities and which applications are involved, you can begin to visualize your future architecture. This allows you to create an initial framework from which to base the project.
Which applications are suitable to each potential cloud environment?
In most cases, you’ll have three environment options for applications: on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud. Each application will likely be best served by a particular environment, and understanding which helps shape your future implementation efforts.
What integration patterns are involved?
With the large amount of data most enterprises hold, and the increasing number of incoming data sources, understanding the integration patterns throughout the enterprise will help you further define the hybrid cloud structure and gives you an opportunity to modernize any outdated methods currently in place.
When should the migration take place?
Once you have all of the information above, you are likely ready to begin creating a timeline. You’ve done your due diligence and given your company the greatest chance of success with the new structure. It is also appropriate to begin reaching out to service providers as you have the information readily available to discuss your needs and begin selecting a partner for your journey forward. Then, you can be certain whichever solution you choose is fully capable of meeting your requirements.