Rethinking Your Journey to 100% Public Cloud
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How much of your business is run in the public cloud?
You’ll probably say somewhere between none and all. Only a tiny fraction of businesses run either all on-premises or all in the public cloud. For the most part, IT departments just aren’t at the extremes. They run a hybrid infrastructure–a mix of on-premises and public cloud compute. But, why?
- Some businesses run a hybrid infrastructure because they choose to.
They don’t listen to hype like “the data center is dead.” They rationally looked at their environment, their industry, their business, their objectives and their workloads to decide what’s best for them. They discovered that a hybrid IT model provides them with the most of many things. Things like flexibility. The most control over things like security and costs. If you were to ask, they’d tell you they run a hybrid infrastructure because certain workloads are more suited for running on-premises, while others are better suited for the public cloud.
- Some businesses run a hybrid infrastructure because they have to.
They are on a journey to move everything to the public cloud. But not everything is movable, yet. So, they are stuck. The number of applications running on-premises is dwindling, but they still have to keep the data center operational. These businesses spend a big chunk of their effort trying to abandon their on-premises infrastructure.
Why are some businesses planning to move everything to the public cloud?
For some, the public cloud’s sweet siren songs about things like unlimited capacity and scalability are irresistible. Others see the public cloud as a cure for what ails their on-premises data center. It’s important to remember that an all-in public cloud approach doesn’t immunize you from all the problems plaguing your on-premises environment.
Changing people, process and technology in current on-premises environments is hard. It can be really hard with outdated IT equipment and no upper-management support for investing in the data center. So, they opt for a clean slate to draw their future.
Regardless of the reason, if this is you, or if it’s your company’s strategy, here are three things you really say when you move everything to the public cloud.
1.“We don’t need a workload placement strategy.”
Public clouds have amazing capabilities, and you should take advantage of them. However, with an all-in public cloud approach, you are guaranteeing that no other environment is better for a particular workload. Governance, risk management and compliance analysis may suggest that running an application on-premises is optimal. Maybe service quality can be improved with infrastructure closer to home. With an all-in public cloud approach, you don’t get to make those assessments. You don’t need a workload placement strategy because nothing is run on-premises.