Learn about cloud migration and how it will lead to an exponential increase in IT spending.
As technological innovation continues in full in 2022, there are a number of emerging technologies that are maturing. These technologies are positioned in a way that could change the course of business. Cloud computing is perhaps the most common element on radar for most businesses. What started out as a tactical choice at one point has now slowly turned into a strategic effort.
How companies can benefit from Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing has become mainstream, but it brings its own challenges and can quickly turn into a double-edged sword. The benefits are enormous, but used wisely, it can induce more endurance than it can offer lift.
Let’s look at this more simply. The cloud is nothing more than a computing environment (traditionally known as a data center) available “somewhere”. It can be agnostic about its location, while being assured of all the QoS parameters that would have been expected from a private data center. The cloud is very unforgiving when subjected to inconsistent usage. It brings rapid cost increases if the use cases chosen for it are not in line with what was intended.
Cloud adoption in IT infrastructure
IT leaders rushed to intensify migration to the cloud. Moving servers and cloud storage quickly earned them the “cloud enabled” tag. Where are they? Not realy. The widespread belief that transferring servers and storage to the Cloud brings multidimensional benefits is not always true. In many cases, all it did was increase exposure, spending, bandwidth dependency, and change budgets from Capex to Opex. Most aspects of IT have gone from being capital assets to recurring subscriptions.
Decades ago, the advent of data centers intrinsically led to the idea that computing infrastructure was cheap. He falsely promoted the view that it would be okay to throw more computers at a software problem. Effective root causes have begun to take second place.
Cloud makes this even more acceptable. Getting extra space on your server, memory, or disk is managed in minutes by changing a few settings on a Cloud dashboard. As a result of this simplicity, the value of computing infrastructure has eroded rapidly.
Cloud subscriptions have a role to play, but only in certain circumstances. Subscriptions are not always the answer. More importantly, moving software that is not written to use Cloud to the Cloud is an absolute mistake. It can only lead to operational inefficiency. Cloud’s core benefits are on-demand resilience and high-resolution scalability. When we move monolithic software to the Cloud, it defeats the very purpose of migration.
Operating in the cloud becomes an asset when the software is designed for the cloud and provides the foundation for high-resolution scalability. One example is the use of Containers that can be scaled in a cloud-free environment. Failure to comply with these principles will lead to the raw scalability of a monolithic system, costing more money. Cloud migrations need to be carefully thought out and systematically planned. IT portfolios are always a combination of critical and non-critical systems. Identifying portfolio elements for migration is a qualification process. The first of these qualifications is whether that system is designed to run on the Cloud.
In most cases, we find that cloud migration has led to an exponential increase in IT spending. This is largely due to inefficient selection and migration planning. Successful cloud migration requires a holistic view and in-depth portfolio analysis to find out where the cloud fits into a company’s global IT strategy.
CP Jois, Chief Technology Officer, Fulcrum Digital Inc.
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