Cloud adoption has been extraordinary over the past few years. Like servers and PCs in the last century, and smartphones and virtualization earlier in this century, cloud adoption continues to accelerate. Like those earlier trends there are late adopters; and like those earlier developments each organization must ask when the right time is for them. Or, at some point, they might ask...what is holding us back?
The growth we continue to see in cloud adoption is not fueled by organizations wanting to be cool or to live on the leading edge. The growth is driven by a common set of benefits including: resilience, elasticity, financial flexibility, etc. So, what is holding you back?
What is holding back many organizations is a lack of approach into cloud computing. Successful cloud migrations must follow a clear plan and structure. It’s generally not a good idea to begin by setting an arbitrary target of migrating your entire infrastructure to the cloud in a predetermined time frame. The IT organization, directly or partner like Astadia, must first understand what is involved in migration. Then we would begin to get comfortable with the paradigm and acquire the required skill sets for a full-on cloud adoption.
What we find effective is that a combination of a start small and go big approach with iteration will help you move to the cloud more effectively. The steps we follow in an iterative approach might include:
- Identify small, low-risk workloads, applications or servers that can be moved to the cloud
- Plan how you will be migrating and what strategy will be used: Lift and Shift, Lift and Reshape, Replace, or Re-Architecf
- Migrate the discrete component
- Optimize the workload by applying cloud best practices
- Analyze the cost and performance benefits
- Assess lessons learned to carry forward
- Rinse and repeat
What will be the benefits of adopting this approach?
- Familiarity with the cloud
- Establishing a beachhead with a workload in the cloud
- Getting practical experience
- Identifying potential go-forward gaps
- Resolve issues and apply lessons learned to later iterations
- Fail fast with low risk and viability if there are issues
Moving to the cloud is no different than any other change in that the unknown can be a little scary. The good news is that this is no longer uncharted territory. Astadia has helped many organizations make the journey to cloud successfully and is here to help you and your organization plan and transition effectively without repeating mistakes of early or new adopters.