Five Ways to Prepare for the Enterprise Cloud

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What about ROI?

One of the biggest challenges facing IT leaders is calculating the ROI on new or existing services, and this may be even more true when it comes to the cloud. It's quite complicated to calculate cloud ROI due to its abstract nature. The perceived cost-benefits of moving to the cloud may be appealing, but many other investments and benefits must be considered. You'll also need to think about the time that would be invested, organizational readiness, and what resources you have available. Be sure to factor all of these considerations into your ROI equation.

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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