Vital Insights for IT Leaders Considering A Cloud Migration

By | August 5th, 2015

As a dedicated IT pro, you understand that it's vital for you to have access to useful, actionable information that will help you stay on top of developments in your field. ContentForIT is here to help you. We offer a broad selection of white papers on the topics most timely and relevant to technology leaders like yourself. And few, if any, topics in the IT world are more timely and relevant than cloud computing. So today, let's talk about the cloud.

Do You Have Misconceptions About The Cloud?

“The cloud is a fad”. “The cloud will put my organization at greater risk than our on-premise network”. “The cloud costs too much”.

These common misconceptions, and many more, are a small indication of how much confusion and trepidation surrounds the topic of cloud computing. Because they buy into these misconceptions and decide against the cloud based on them, many business managers and IT decision makers deprive themselves and their organizations of the many benefits cloud computing offers.

But the tide is turning in a big way. More and more businesses and IT organizations of all sizes are switching to a cloud-based model. Their motivations include getting a handle on IT costs, gaining the flexibility and agility to deliver new, improved services effectively and meeting rapidly evolving business requirements. As a result of their decision to migrate all or part of their IT operations to the cloud, these organizations are reaping substantial benefits.

As you plan a cloud migration, it's important to understand the difference between the public cloud and the private cloud. The public cloud (examples include Amazon EC2 and Rackspace Cloud) typically involves a shared hardware, multi-tenant environment. As such, it is often used for public-facing services, including many web sites. It is not suitable for an environment or application that requires a high level of security and compliance.

Private cloud computing, as the name implies, involves a secure environment in which the hardware and network are reserved for use by a single organization.

Both environments have specific, distinct purposes. Many IT pros, as well as the general public, are much more aware of the public cloud than the private cloud. And an investment in public cloud can deliver many substantial benefits.

Most organizations that use the cloud need the services of both, so they should opt for a hybrid – a combination of public and private – approach. But many may not be aware of the compelling reasons to harness the power of a private cloud infrastructure alone or in combination with the public cloud.

Among other benefits, the private cloud enables optimized application delivery and leads to improvements in disaster avoidance and business continuity.

As you migrate all or part of your on-premise IT infrastructure to the cloud, whether public, private or a combination of the two, it's vital that you arm yourself with knowledge and insight. A cloud migration can be challenging. To make the transition smoothly, you need to manage the migration process well.

A Valuable Resource

This is why you will want to access your free copy of Building the Business Case for Cloud: Real Ways Private Cloud Can Benefit Your Organization. In this valuable white paper, you will discover

  • What you will require in order to take full advantage of cloud capabilities and benefits in a hybrid cloud environment
  • Why a cloud management solution must support today's heterogenous data center environments
  • A key requirement for building a business-class cloud

This paper can help point you in the right direction as you make your move to the cloud. Download your free copy now!