Many organizations had to quickly transition to cloud computing infrastructure in order to support remote operations during the ongoing pandemic. Now, they need to begin thinking about their long-term plans.
Large-scale remote workforces are likely to become an enduring feature of the business landscape after the current crisis has passed. In a new Gartner poll, nearly three-quarters of executives surveyed said they intend to shift some employees to remote work on a permanent basis.
As we noted in our last post, the rapid adoption of cloud services without upfront planning can lead to management challenges. That’s just an unfortunate byproduct of the emergency transition to remote work.
A more lasting approach to cloud requires organizations to plan properly, exercise caution and develop a clear strategy. An excellent starting point is a cloud readiness assessment.
A good assessment will give organizations a realistic view of both the likely benefits and potential pitfalls of a cloud migration. The process will require a thorough evaluation of the current IT infrastructure, application portfolio, workloads and bandwidth requirements to identify applications and services that are good fits for cloud deployment. An assessment will also help determine which deployment model — public, private or hybrid — is most suitable.
RMM Solutions helps customers complete a rigorous assessment process to prepare for cloud migrations. As a cloud services provider, we have the engineering expertise, toolsets and proven framework to guide cloud migrations that meet your strategic objectives. Here are a few considerations we help customers address:
Application Requirements. In the cloud, applications typically link with other cloud-based applications to deliver functionality. Given this interdependence, organizations must understand how the app handles data requests, how data is exchanged and how much data users can access. A profile of an application’s data usage is also important to ensure right-sizing of the app in the cloud.
Risk Factors. Most organizations have some security concerns about moving sensitive data to a multi tenant environment such as a public cloud. It is important to evaluate how cloud providers segment their shared environment to prevent customer overlap. Other risk factors can influence how — or if — an application should be migrated. For example, some mission-critical legacy apps based on older operating systems and hardware may not be appropriate for the cloud because they require frequent re-engineering.
Management Issues. Businesses need to determine what they are accountable for versus what they expect from a service provider. Most public cloud vendors do not provide administrative support. Organizations need to have the technical expertise in-house to design the right solution or seek the services of an outside provider. They should define what level of management their applications require and have an identified change management process.
Performance Levels. As with traditional hosting models, it's important to understand workload demands on the infrastructure and where there are potential bottlenecks. Organizations should perform their own testing to evaluate how a cloud environment affects compute, storage and network resources.
A long-term Cloud Computing Strategy requires careful planning in order to understand application requirements, infrastructure constraints and cloud platform options. RMM’s engineers and technicians have a deep understanding of the various Cloud Computing models and experience with all forms of migration. Give us a call to discuss how we can help you prepare for a cloud migration that meets your business requirements while minimizing risk.