The Future of Cloud Migration
Cloud migration refers to the process of moving data and server workloads from physical or virtual environments into and between cloud environments. Without the right plan and solutions, migrating to the Cloud can be quite complex and costly. For medium and large enterprises, migrating to the cloud becomes a compounded effort. For example, it is very important to document what the end goal will be for the servers being targeted for the migration process. The organization needs to work towards a migration plan that will achieve the most efficiency, agility and cost savings.
Whether small, medium or large enterprise, the volume of businesses migrating to the cloud is on the rise. Economies around the world are benefiting greatly from the demand for products, services and jobs being created. According to a recent survey conducted by Cisco Global on 1300 IT decision makers from 13 countries, cloud deployment is expected to rise significantly. In addition, the volume of servers shipped into public clouds will also grow significantly.
This year could become a pivotal year for the evolution of cloud computing. Cloud promises to transform how IT services are delivered, therefore, transforming the way we work and do business globally. According to a report conducted by Gartner, cloud computing is the wave of the future. The public cloud services market will grow by 19.6% in 2012 reaching $109 billion dollars in revenue.
These guidelines are important to follow when migrating to the Cloud:
- Identify the current asset inventory. Some of these assets will be moved to the cloud while others will stay in their current location. Take into consideration how these assets in different locations might need to connect with each other;
- Understanding the dependencies is very important for a successful cloud migration. Many applications have network settings on storage devices, these configurations might also need to be moved to the cloud;
- Due to compatibility issues and licensing, some applications cannot be moved to the cloud;
- Some applications require more resources and higher security that others. Therefore, they will need to be identified and analyzed to determine if the security requirements can be met or exceeded when moving to the cloud.
Many decision makers in companies are starting to understand the necessity of migrating to the cloud. Along with cloud migration, CXO’s adopt an even more strategic approach to IT spend. It’s already a fact that, in the future, migrating to the cloud will not be just a thing on a to-do list, but rather a significant mandatory task in a company’s upgrading process.
Similar to when the OS took the burden of memory and management away from programmers, someday migrating to the cloud will become part of the fabric of cloud computing and not perceived as a separate task. Until then, many still struggle with how to migrate to/from/between clouds. But until it is just part of the process, you will need to understand the tools and strategies out there to make your transition to the cloud seamless.
RiverMeadow Software develops industry-leading SaaS that automates the migration of physical, virtual and cloud based servers (live and as-is) into and between public, private and hybrid clouds. RiverMeadow’s cloud migration SaaS is a rapid cloud migration solution developed specifically for Carrier and Service Provider Cloud IaaS platforms. Without having to install agents or quiesce servers, the RiverMeadow SaaS dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of cloud migration, enabling Carriers and Service Providers to quickly, easily and cost-efficiently deliver the benefits of cloud computing to enterprise and SMB customers. For more information contact us at [email protected].
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