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A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure

Invest in a plan to maximize the benefit of cloud infrastructure

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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More Stories By Nicos Vekiarides

Nicos Vekiarides is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of TwinStrata. He has spent over 20 years in enterprise data storage, both as a business manager and as an entrepreneur and founder in startup companies.

Prior to TwinStrata, he served as VP of Product Strategy and Technology at Incipient, Inc., where he helped deliver the industry's first storage virtualization solution embedded in a switch. Prior to Incipient, he was General Manager of the storage virtualization business at Hewlett-Packard. Vekiarides came to HP with the acquisition of StorageApps where he was the founding VP of Engineering. At StorageApps, he built a team that brought to market the industry's first storage virtualization appliance. Prior to StorageApps, he spent a number of years in the data storage industry working at Sun Microsystems and Encore Computer. At Encore, he architected and delivered Encore Computer's SP data replication products that were a key factor in the acquisition of Encore's storage division by Sun Microsystems.

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