An enterprise may choose to move from a traditional in-house IT model to the cloud for a number of reasons. Today’s data center needs to be able to handle both demanding workloads while at the same time delivering high levels of flexibility and availability. Tight budgets have prevented many enterprises from making IT investments, such as new hardware or the latest version of business-critical software.
In this presentation, you’ll learn about the key driving factors that are requiring IT to modernize their infrastructure. Then you’ll see how the data center has evolved from the days of standalone servers to virtualization and now into the private and hybrid cloud. You’ll see how the private cloud uses virtualization as a foundation but goes beyond virtualization to deliver dynamic, flexible and user-driven capabilities. You’ll also learn about the key points in planning your compute, storage and networking infrastructure requirements to deliver the availability and scalability that today’s workloads require.
Next you’ll find out how to assess which applications are best suited to move to the private cloud. It is a good practice to start from the lowest-risk applications, which usually have a minimum impact on the business continuity of the organization. Plus, almost every application migrated to a cloud service has connections with other applications and systems. It is crucial to proactively evaluate the impact of the migration on these connections and prevent any interruption in data flows. Part of this assessment should consider how the performance of these applications, and how their ability to interact with other applications, may be impacted if they are moved offsite. Assessing company applications and workloads is best approached with two metrics:
- Cloud readiness: The application’s preparedness to run in the cloud and is driven by architectural feasibility, platform portability and application complexity.
- Cloud benefit: The improvement gained by operating in the cloud and is driven by TCO savings, application, and network performance gains.
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Michael Otey, contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro
Michael Otey is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered technology topics extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several features articles around cloud-related subjects. He also previously served as technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro.
Kent Kingery, Senior Manager, Cloud Engineering at Rackspace
Kent Kingery is a seasoned enterprise software development professional with over 30 years of hands-on delivery experience in desktop, web, and mobile applications. Kingery brings to his role a deep programming expertise (C#, iOS/Objective-C, Ruby on Rails). Kingery is an expert in Agile methodologies (Scrum, SAFe), business process management (workflow, case management, analytics), high-productivity development environments, business data management (master data management, big data, data warehousing), and transformational learning. Kingery is a graduate of University of North Texas and a member of the IEEE Computer Society.