How to move data to the cloud without losing your mind
without losing your mind
If you’re running a hybrid
environment, you know the
public cloud isn’t one-size-fits-all.
You’ll hit roadblocks if you aim to simply
“lift and shift” data to cloud services –
but it’s not always clear
how to transition better.
A successful move to hybrid IT
depends on three factors:
availability,performance and latency.
1.Availability: One benefit to
on-prem data center infrastructure
is controlling its availability.
When a cloud provider houses your
applications, you take a passenger seat.
Cloud servers need maintenance, too –
and sometimes, that happens at
the exact moment you need to
access a virtual machine.
Does this app require
the high availability of
an on-prem environment?
Before moving apps to the cloud, consider:
If it does, you’ll need to consider
rewriting the app for the cloud
– or keeping it on-premises –
to avoid your end users taking a hit.
2. Performance: There’s no guarantee
your cloud provider will mirror
the benchmarks you use to gauge
How much compute do your apps use?
Will they deliver the same results
running on cloud infrastructure?
What’s the app’s performance
SLA,and can the cloud meet it?
If the answers to these questions
are surprising, you might find
yourself raising your cloud budget
to maintain a performance status quo.
3. Latency: If you move an app to
cloud services, it might affect users’
experience interacting with it.
Cloud hubs might be located thousands
of miles away from your data center.
If your data uses the internet to travel
to the cloud, it’s effectively taking a
public subway ride – delays and all.
To avoid pushing latency issues on your users,
adopt an edge computing approach to keep
apps running in your data center while
moving their related storage to the cloud.
Remember: Many apps can run in the
cloud. It’s just a question of how much
time and how many resources you’ll
invest to get it there.
Balancing on-premises infrastructure,
enterprise data centers and regional cloud
hubs is a challenge for every team–
but keep your priorities straight, and you’ll reach the right
combination of cloud and on-prem infrastructure in no time.
Learn how edge computing can
accelerate hybrid IT for your team.
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