Five Ways to Prepare for the Enterprise Cloud

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The Best Options

Figure out which option works best for you.

All clouds are not the same – there are public, private and hybrid clouds to choose from. Which is the best? As with most IT questions, the answer is: it depends. The trick is to figure out exactly what your needs are, i.e., how your organization actually uses technology, what kind of flexibility it will need in the future, how it plans to grow and change to meet changing customer needs, and other key considerations. Then, match a solution that meets those needs at a reasonable cost. Organizations developing new and innovative applications might benefit from the flexibility of a private cloud, whereas that option may be too expensive for a more traditional enterprise that requires less flexibility.

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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