You need to be very careful prior to moving towards cloud and here are the questions you need to ask yourself to make sure you give yourself a complete choice when you switch to cloud?
To be sure your cloud goal ties to your business strategy and vision. Do you want to be an innovator or your focus on safety, cost saving or
CAPEX (Capital Expenditures) to OPEX (Operating Expenses)
By holding to the past you can't get future. Are you prepared to do things in distinct way; then you will need a change in mindset.
Some companies are unable to shift their enterprise workloads to public cloud services due to data security, compliance or latency concerns. Other organization may choose to take a hybrid cloud model for development and testing to validate the business case of using public and private clouds. In most cases, it will be a bit of this and a bit of that, and the mix will most likely change over time.
Business is complex. Can you get a vendor, managed cloud provider or broker that can help you understand the full range of opportunities that cloud provides? Ideally, they need to also offer various routes that enable you to extend your existing structure and embrace cloud rather than go for radical chance.
The conversation around cloud should start here rather than for these areas to be bolted on solutions after the main architecture is decided.
Portfolio has to be able to pivot with you and have the flexibility to change to take you to the future. You need to able to switch forth and back between on premises and cloud.
One of the best benefits of cloud is its capacity for quickly adding in new feature and capabilities in weeks or month rather than year long release cycles.
Down the NIC level, when you need to audit and when you need to attest to exactly what and where your data is, then will your provider itself be part of your problem and solution?
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