Five Ways to Prepare for the Enterprise Cloud

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Software-Defined Availability

Leverage Software-Defined Availability (SDA)

Software-defined availability makes it possible to host "always-on" apps in an enterprise-grade cloud – finally making the cloud a viable option to host a company's most important applications. It's important, however, not to take a one-size-fits-all approach to availability. Many applications require different levels of availability at different times.

With SDA, dynamic availability is possible – this lets you set different levels of availability at different times. For example, a financial application might only be critical at certain times during the quarter. Dynamic availability ensures the high availability you'll need during critical periods, but allow you to scale back to a cheaper level of availability during other times.

Many organizations recognize the benefits of cloud computing, including potential cost efficiencies and greater scalability. But the cloud landscape is still relatively immature and must continue to evolve and grow before enterprises will be confident enough to host their most critical applications there.

While a promising technology, there are barriers to widespread adoption that are particularly challenging for the enterprise. In particular, large organizations need to know that their applications, once migrated to the cloud, will still function with the same level of availability they would expect from a robust in-house legacy data center.

Many enterprises have initiated their cloud journey by migrating only a few non-critical apps to the cloud. After learning from these initial forays into the cloud, and with new technology to ensure always-on availability in cloud environments, the time is ripe for organizations to begin migrating their most important applications. The truth is that no cloud migration is easy, but with new approaches to availability, the process can be more straightforward.

With this in mind, Jason Andersen, senior director of product management and marketing at Stratus Technologies, explores how enterprises can ease into the cloud without putting their most important applications at risk of a costly failure.

 

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