It’s a question many businesses are asking: should you be moving all of your IT workloads to the cloud?
Cloud means different things to different businesses, representing different opportunities and investment levels depending on the type of business and application suite you run. It is not a one-size-fits-all and it is not a foregone conclusion that every workload is better in the cloud. The decisions in this journey are about the workload and the right location for that workload.
The reality is that the cloud will definitely play a role in every organisation’s delivery of IT. There will always be applications and services that are cloud native and as a result it does not make sense to consume them in any other way.
Cloud also offers flexible cost models which allows businesses to decide whether they CAPEX or OPEX their technology or do a mix of the two (hybrid cost model). This provides the ability to select a financial model for technology consumption that best suits the business.
The world is a changing place with the growth in IoT technologies and we are starting to create larger volumes of valuable data at the point of creation (be it on premise or in the cloud or in a remote location). In architecting your IT workloads you have to consider these challenges and sometimes cloud is not the right answer.
In its place, Cloud technology brings huge value. You are leveraging off massive investments in infrastructure and technology cost effectively when using a cloud based infrastructure. We live in an increasingly connected environment and cloud technologies ease that ability to connect and as such there are many compelling reasons as to why moving to the cloud makes sense. It is, however, application based.
There is also convenience of operating in the cloud. You may find some of your key application providers operating out of the same data centre, at which point interconnection becomes a possibility and performance, availability and resilience of that application all becomes infinitely easier. Features like High Availability, Resilience and performance are an example of some of the opportunities to simply deliver all of these key requirements with cloud technologies.
Once you embark on your cloud journey you may find you have workloads in a mix of locations (on premise, in remote locations and potentially in multiple clouds). All of the data generated through these workloads needs to be secured and made accessible to the business. The cloud in this scenario is an integral part of a wider connectivity platform.
A good example of how cloud can help is an organisation like a law firm, with 20 different locations and with each location creating significant amounts of data, that all needs to be centralised, secured, resilient and available at all times. A business like this highly suited to a hybrid cloud infrastructure.
So, to answer the question of whether should you make the journey to the cloud …it has to be said that it depends! The things you need to consider in making this decision include:
- Applications and workload
What are your critical applications and is the cloud right for them?
- Your need for high availability and resilience
Do you have the right level of availability for your workloads and can you operate without them?
- Performance requirements
- Data access requirement
How do you need to access the data created from a workload?
- The best fit financial model for technology consumption for your business
These are just a few of the important considerations that must be involved in the process of decision making on a cloud journey.
At Somerville, our consulting teams help our customer take the journey to the cloud. We start by designing the right solution for our customers’ needs, and then deploy the solution in their environment. We bring the many facets of a hybrid IT environment into a manageable and cost effective platform to deliver on a customer’s required outcomes.