Our blog series discusses the foundational questions to consider for building your hybrid cloud environment today.
Author: Dan Robinson, Senior Engagement Manager, TriCore Solutions
As environments evolve, IT teams are tasked with finding the right mix of public and private cloud to meet their business and operational needs. However, before this can come to fruition you must understand what the cloud really means for your enterprise and what you want to get out of this transition.
To successfully identify what that means for you, we’ve been answering your questions including: “Where is your cloud?” and “What’s in Your cloud?”. As this series comes to a close, we begin to breakdown how to get from cloud migration as a concept to execution.
The below checklist will propel you to start the best process of evaluating your cloud usage options.
Ask questions about which applications to move.The best cloud strategy starts with the right questions. If you have more questions than answers, that’s ok – in fact, it’s a good thing! Use them as a springboard to get a more detailed view of the steps needed to get you into the right cloud environment to improve your operations. And find trusted experts who meet your questions with answers…and perhaps more questions that you hadn’t considered before, which will get you closer to your ultimate goals.
Understand the characteristics of each application under consideration.How often is the application used? By how many users? How much data does it consume? Start with these basics to create a cloud readiness checklist: then, prioritize.
Tap into a moment of truth: Why do you want to move?If your answer is, “Everyone else is doing it” then you need a quick reset. Find a partner who will challenge you to bring the right goals to the forefront so that the goals match the anticipated outcomes, and your contracts and requirements will reflect aligned expectations.
Check internal capabilities.Do you have the people needed to staff the migration and ongoing maintenance and environment management? Having the right talent available is essential for success – and comes at a cost. Outsourcing may be the least risky option when factoring in the recruitment process, training, and the vulnerability of employee churn.
Do you understand the limitations of cloud for the specific intended use?Once you know the expected use of a particular cloud environment, revisit your goals. Are there any blind spots? Have a contingency plan in place, and be confident about the scenarios where an alternative environment would make more sense, whether to flip on at a moment’s notice temporarily or as a long-term transition if a new environment loses its advantage.
Remember that timing is of the essence when it comes to implementation. If you over analyze and second guess yourself it will leave an opportune space for your competition to get ahead. If you are still unsure on how to get started download the 5 W’s of Modern IT Infrastructure eBook here or reach out to a TriCore specialist here.