The lure of cloud may make it seem like all of an organization’s resources should be migrated immediately. There is no denying that, in certain cases, public cloud platforms can be tremendously beneficial. In others, however, a cloud migration probably doesn’t make sense without a plan.
Here, we explore three factors that should guide a cloud migration plan and help determine whether to move on-premises workloads to the public cloud.
1. Evaluate current infrastructure
One of the first considerations as part of the cloud migration process is an organization’s existing data center investment. There are not only licensing costs involved, but also costs associated with hardware resource consumption and support infrastructure. As such, there is almost always a significant investment associated with an on-premises server. Outsourcing a server’s data and/or functionality to the cloud may mean abandoning your on-premises investment unless enterprises can repurpose those servers.