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Cloud Migration: Knowing When to Make the Move

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Cloud computing carries a number of great benefits for organizations that need a new delivery platform. Cloud migration is upon us as information technology undergoes rapid change and organizations of all types begin to embrace the idea of moving computing infrastructure from on-premises to the cloud.

It is easy to understand why the cloud has taken off faster than any technology phenomenon in recent memory because the cloud has the potential to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO) while enabling quicker responses to fast-moving markets and ever-changing customer needs.

Still, it’s not always quite so simple. A modern organization’s IT needs are growing more complex, making flexibility and scalability critical while limiting capital expenditures. In this white paper from QTS, we quickly learn how a cloud model can create a compelling argument for IT to be as efficient as possible while aligning with service providers that can help them do this. It’s critical for organizations to create operational excellence while still working to improving business. This is especially the case as IT embraces (and in some cases is disrupted by) technologies that various lines of business bring into the enterprise.

Download this white paper today to learn about some key cloud migration factors. While the questions of ”why” and perhaps “how” to move to the cloud are becoming better understood, the issue of when to move is less clear. CIOs at companies of all sizes – across all industries – are pondering the questions of “when is the right time to move to the cloud” and “which applications and parts” of their technical infrastructure should be included.

The cloud can enable many organizations to do great things with their infrastructure. New delivery platforms create direct optimizations around workload delivery and application access. There is clear maturity around many different cloud services. The key will be to understand which cloud model is optimal and when a move into the cloud is right. This type of decision comes from a number of factors including business vision, strategic ability, corporate readiness, and of course – budgeting and finance.

There are obvious triggers for cloud migration, including fewer outages, product launches, technology refreshes, M&A transactions, or a desire to otherwise overcome technological obsolescence. Still, in many cases, the decision of when to migrate is less clear-cut. When moving to a cloud platform – take the time to understand your own infrastructure, and how a cloud model can help your organization both today – and in the future.

About the Author

Bill Kleyman is a veteran, enthusiastic technologist with experience in data center design, management and deployment. His architecture work includes virtualization and cloud deployments as well as business network design and implementation. Currently, Bill works as the National Director of Strategy and Innovation at MTM Technologies, a Stamford, CT based consulting firm.

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