|By Nicos Vekiarides||
|April 13, 2013 09:00 AM EDT||
With the increasing prevalence and acceptance of the cloud as a viable alternative to on-premise IT, today’s IT organizations are faced with a wide range of options. In fact, had you just woken from a five-year slumber, you might find the available array of cloud service options quite daunting.
At just a moment’s notice, you can spin up pretty much anything, with Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings all readily available. Services can reside on public clouds in multi-tenant environments, private clouds within the four walls of an organization, community clouds shared between a limited set of tenants, or even a hybrid arrangement.
For the many IT organizations mired in maintaining server and storage infrastructure, IaaS appears a very attractive alternative to managing hardware in-house. While it’s still a rare organization who seeks to move all their IT infrastructure to the cloud, there is a long list of benefits to strategically and selectively partitioning infrastructure using a hybrid strategy. Take a look at just a few benefits: reduction of capital expenses, maintenance expenses and avoidance of the often dreaded refresh cycles required on a 3-5 year basis.
But if you currently have all your infrastructure in-house, the dizzying array of options can obscure your view into where to even begin the incorporation of cloud into your environment.
For those organizations, it can be helpful – if not critical – to build a roadmap to cloud infrastructure services that provides simple entry points and can grow incrementally to encompass a broad set of high-value services.
While there is no “one-size fits all” path to cloud infrastructure adoption, a roadmap can ease and simplify the transition while minimizing disruption.
Below is a practical roadmap for rolling our cloud infrastructure in a phased approach:
Over the course of the next few blogs, I’ll be tackling each of these phases in greater detail. By taking a phased approach, you can much more easily transition from existing in-house IT to a hybrid cloud environment that minimizes the disruption to existing applications while still providing a clear path toward the increased use of the high-value services offered by cloud providers.
The first step? Data storage expansion. Stay tuned for my next post that will elaborate on this further.
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