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Get your applications cloud savvy

Kevin Leahy | Data Centres BU Principal Director, Dimension Data

Kevin Leahy | Data Centres BU Principal Director, Dimension Data

Understanding the future direction of applications and services is essential to making the right call when it comes to hybrid IT.

Almost every digital business is being challenged by the difficulty of creating an enterprise architecture that is able to deliver the needs of the business today while ensuring that it is agile enough to cope with future demands.

This means that organisations have moved beyond traditional enterprise architecture models and are actively adopting hybrid IT models. The question today is not if organisations should embrace cloud infrastructure, but rather how this move to the cloud should happen.

In a recent webinar on BrightTALK, we discussed the most important issues facing organisations when tackling the challenges around hybrid IT.  While most organisations have already started their migration to the cloud, the more challenging work is really only starting.

Download webinar: Deploying enterprise applications to hybrid cloud

According to a 451 Research report commissioned by Dimension Data, Success factors for managing hybrid IT, deploying to cloud platforms is now well understood, showing that although 35% of applications are running in non-cloud environments at the moment, this number will drop to 31% in the next two years, with on-premise private cloud growing from 17% to 19% over the same period.

5 key considerations when moving enterprise applications to cloud

1. Understand that cloud models are not equal

Not all cloud models are equal, so it’s important to choose the right deployment model. With lots of different options out there and each offering its own benefits, companies need to decide what the right model is in order to deliver the desired business outcome.

2. Put economics first

Not every application will benefit equally from moving to a cloud service. When making the call on which one you are going to transition first, make that decision based on which application will deliver the greatest economic benefit to the organisation from a move to a cloud platform.

3. Consider the workload
One of the benefits of public cloud services is the ability to shift to a pay-as-you-go-style service. However, applications that have fixed workloads are not going to benefit from this. For those types of applications a private cloud deployment is likely to be a better option.

4. Abide by your business rules
Different organisations and even the different applications they use are subject to a variety of regulatory and governance issues. These will have a real impact on the deployment model that is chosen for specific applications.

5. Containerisation
The changes happening in the DevOps environment will have an impact on the decisions companies make around cloud services. The growth in micro-services and containerisation are driving a new level of dynamics in the enterprise and that will impact which deployment model you choose.

Irrespective of which model is chosen, companies will end up with multiple cloud instances. This is actually the case already.

The 451 Research report indicated that while more than 70% of the companies surveyed planned to use more than one cloud provider over the next two years, 42% of viewed cloud management as one of the most challenging aspects of cloud deployment. This makes decisions around when to use managed services all the more critical.