Moving to the Public Cloud: Six Steps for Success

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Have an Application Plan

Don't make a move without an application-specific plan.

Which applications do you want to run in the cloud? Will certain workloads be in the cloud permanently, or will there be some you only use occasionally? Identify exactly what will move over – and when. Plan to start simple, and go slowly. The mission-critical, complex applications aren't your best candidates for a pilot project. Look for a simple application stack to help you ease into cloud migration.

The public cloud beckons. Gartner says that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. That significant growth stems from the clear business case for public cloud adoption. Enterprises want more cost-effective migration, disaster recovery and business continuity options. The public cloud delivers with a low cost, pay-as-you-go model. Elasticity helps IT teams manage unpredictable application needs. Teams can set their budgets on time and still adapt to shifting resource demands thanks to the public cloud's economic advantages.    

However, companies are still figuring out how to begin incorporating public cloud services into existing IT operations. High-priority considerations early in the process include: streamlining the migration process, reducing risk wherever possible and targeting early wins. These should be a CIO's top concerns as the process gets underway.

In this slideshow, HotLink, a cloud solution provider, highlights six best practices to help IT leaders stay focused and see their businesses through a successful cloud migration.


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