With some organizations looking to move cloud workloads back on-premises to mitigate costs and regain control over their hardware and audit trails, you might be questioning cloud-first and cloud-only initiatives for infrastructure procurement.
After all, for years marketing pushed lower overall costs after migrating to the cloud. So what gives? Why are many cloud workloads ending up more expensive than their on-prem counterparts?
You've probably heard the old joke before that the cloud is “just someone else's data center.” That may have been true a decade ago, but no longer.
Forcing a cloud migration is not the key to savings. You must understand the business value, catalog and think deeply about the existing and desired state of your infrastructure, rearchitect your workloads, and adjust your workflow to this new paradigm.
While “lift-and-shift” is possible, it is not advised for long running workloads. You must adopt an agile mindset based on consumption based resources and take advantage of automation and various PaaS tools. Rather than simply migrating the low hanging fruit VMs to Azure because they’re easy to push to IaaS, consider the roadmap for your entire infrastructure.
Which apps should be maintained by your team? Which services can be delivered entirely -a-a-S from your cloud provider of choice? What base-level cloud foundations are needed to underpin your entire stack? Making too many decisions based on the first apps you migrate is a good way to paint yourself into a corner. Leaving your VMs running 24/7 is a great way to rack up a huge cloud consumption bill.
Previous IT staples like identity management and e-mail or even security monitoring or backup/restore can be consumed as a service. While re-architecting your entire stack for the cloud may sound like a massive project (it probably will be), you are unlikely to experience the full advantages of cloud services without doing so.
OK, so you’re ready to modernize your infrastructure to truly benefit from the cloud and avoid sprawl, poor performance, complexity, and sky-high subscriptions. Here are the five key areas you need to plan things out.
These five areas are essential if you wish to truly transform to a cloud-first organization that benefits from the cloud, rather than simply consuming (or being consumed) by Everything-as-a-Service.