Five Ways to Prepare for the Enterprise Cloud

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Amid the rush to embrace cloud, many enterprises are discovering that building their own private clouds is not so simple. Those lacking the right IT resources and expertise are taking a second look at outsourcing apps to cloud service providers. As a result, the industry has seen growth in the SaaS and IaaS models, which are creating opportunities for service providers savvy enough – and flexible enough – to meet the needs of enterprises that need applications to scale. To be successful, however, they need to think about how they will beat the established competition by adding value with enterprise-class services, such as high availability. The trick will be to provide this level of service without pricing themselves out of the market.

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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