The public cloud has forever changed the way companies approach IT strategy. Because it can significantly reduce capital expenditures, enhance sharing and collaboration, and provide the ideal launch pad for new applications, nearly 9 in 10 enterprises now use public cloud services. Moving to the cloud, however, is not as simple as signing up and setting up.
Before you consider going public, download an evaluation checklist over at the Server Intellect site and consider these questions.
Do you fully understand your public cloud options?
For most users, moving resources to the public cloud includes not only migrating servers, but also ongoing performance monitoring, security patching, resource provisioning and other maintenance tasks that are required to maximize the utility of the infrastructure. To address those needs, top providers offer dozens of core and complementary products – from analytics and application services to database management and development testing.
Furthermore, organizations are increasingly adopting a hybrid strategy. This means certain assets, applications and workloads stay on premise or live in a private cloud by nature of use case or compliance, while others are managed in a public cloud. You’ll have to decide which assets belong in which environment.
Can you manage your public cloud resources once they’re running?
Major public cloud service providers, like Azure, offer powerful, reliable products – secure environments, good service levels, instantly scalable resources – but in most cases they still require the user to play an active role in monitoring and maintenance. In fact, baseline service at most public cloud providers doesn’t extend to the operating systems installed on the cloud instance, leaving the subsequent management tasks up to the user.
This is no sweat for some businesses, but if your IT team is already backed up against the wall (or if your IT team is just you) life in the public cloud may involve more work than you initially envisioned.
Is the public cloud the right infrastructure for your technology needs?
The popularity and prominence of public cloud is undeniable, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for a universal solution. While it’s great for applications with unpredictable traffic and startups that need an economized, pay-per-use model, oftentimes public cloud customers are overpaying for and underutilizing their infrastructure. Certain workloads – such as applications or websites with steady, predictable traffic are better suited in dedicated environments like virtual private clouds or on bare metal servers.