Cloud Computing has revolutionized the way data centers have been performing in the past, but these changes can be very painful for some organizations. The age of plugging-in on to on-premises servers and leaving them to work is a thing of the past. It is one most important milestone for transforming an organization into a digital enterprise. The role of IT department is to meet the challenge that comes with the migration to the cloud and this situation can affect even the top management. The cloud is not going away anywhere soon and it is upon the IT department to position themselves to generate financial efficiency and innovation in business operations. We will look into three milestones that CIO’s need to ensure that they implement so that they are able to take full benefits of the cloud.
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IT leaders are used to take a long perspective of how their business operations are working and plan ahead accordingly. Usually, that means migrating towards the clouds. While many IT heads are moving towards it many still hesitate to come on board and move their critical applications and production workloads to the public clouds. The question remains: Why?
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The Three Cloud Adoption Milestones
The cloud data centers came into existence 17 years ago and cloud technology rapidly started moving ahead without the need for traditional IT departments. Infrastructure as a code (IAC) which is a programmed deployment of the virtual environment is making it easier for the organizations to deliver their new releases without any room for any human error. Methodologies like IAC are the reason why companies that are functioning in the cloud are outperforming than those who are still relying on outdated technologies. If an organization is still not in the cloud it is not a good indication for any business. The following three milestones are indicators of adoption of existing IT structures to digital enterprise frameworks.
First Milestone: Refresh and Rebuild
Data center build-outs in the cloud can help fill up infrastructure resource demand holes. Demands like building new test/dev environments can put stress on on-premises data centers for more hardware and a whole new farm. In the past, test/dev requirements would mean compromising on tests deploying both the app and the database on the same machine. For these kinds of temporary demands, the on-demand cloud offers a more efficient way to replicate whole resource stacks, allowing for the creation of multi-tier environments identical to production.
Since many organizations are moving to the cloud since they think that it is a secure, cost-effective and flexible solution for their company. Before security was a major concern for adopting the cloud in the past but, now the technological advancement has enabled IT leaders to overcome these fears and make the move towards adapting to the change.
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Second Milestone: The Hybrid Approach
Once you introduce the cloud to your QA teams the next step is to address the risk of having two separate consuming resources. The logical way is to see how you will be able to link together your public and on-premises cloud environment. This will save a lot of time by preventing wastage of resources for replacement of environments due to incompatibility. A Hybrid Environment will help you to move your workloads and data along with a well- balanced and cost optimized environments.
Once IT leaders uncover incompatibility, networking and security challenges, they can bridge them with native tools and with a private cloud solution that will be compatible with their public cloud infrastructures. These hybrid strategies ensure workload mobility, streaming data into cloud storage without scrapping physical appliances and the years of knowledge that go along with them.
Third Milestone: Enterprise Dev Ops
After moving to the cloud you will soon see the benefits of adopting it and the benefits that it comes with like more flexibility and scalability. But, without the full automation of these resources and development, there are high chances that you might miss out on the full potential of the cloud. But this transformation comes with some challenges on both operational and cultural side of the organization.
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These concepts, together with the highly heterogeneous enterprise environments, push IT leaders to consider automating workload mobility through a combination of bare metal machines.
One of the self-destructing decisions that a CIO can make is to wait for the rest of the organizations in the industry to reach these milestones before you. While every one of your company’s competitors learns valuable lessons already operating in the cloud, they are increasing their profit margins by eliminating the costs of on-premises data centers. That is an edge that most companies can’t afford to give the competition.
No matter what kind of business your IT team is in charge of, the move to the public cloud together with modernizing your resource and application delivery pipelines will position your team as an extension of the world’s leading Tech Company. When presented with a choice between the safety of doing things the way they’ve always been done or saving the organization by taking action, you need to put your resources into moving to the cloud. You, as the CIO should position your team into the role of trusted advisor, guiding the company through a successful transition to the digital marketplace from a department that remains essential to the business.