Moving to the Public Cloud: Tips for a Successful Transition

Moving to the Public Cloud: Tips for a Successful Transition

The model of IT infrastructure ushered in by Public Cloud Service Providers has empowered an era of unprecedented economic and functional advantages. The enormous benefits of a scalable deployment, without the hassles of hands on involvement, for the client enterprise, along with the streamlining of operational and deployment issues, is driving a shift that is set to continue and expand. Public Cloud Service Providers allow businesses to customize services that would otherwise have involved heavy expenditure, man hours and specialized skillsets, while the bang for the buck and leaner functionality is also enticing larger corporations to migrate to the model.

Businesses, for the most part, are still coming to terms with the possibilities that open up by integrating Public Cloud services into their functions and processes. For one thing, it is important for a CIO to ensure that the migration process enhances the advantages and mitigates possible risks.

eHDF has the following suggestions that can help CIOs and their team focus on the priorities to address during migration to the Public Cloud.

  1. Understand the basics – Get to know what you are working with. Familiarity with concepts is an excellent idea. Incorporate the tips and guidelines into your enactment of the migration process and gain a good working knowledge of the basics before the process commences.
  2. Technical support – When choosing a Public Cloud Services Provider, it is important to assess the quality of their technical support and to ensure that these services are available to you 24/7. Get familiar with the team providing technical support, understand their processes, be well versed with the SLAs and build a good working relationship with them.
  3. Application Plan – Evaluate the applications that will be run on the Public Cloud and create a plan that takes all the variables into account – for instance, the order in which the applications will migrate and the standards their performances must adhere to post migration. It is important to assess each stage and to go slowly in order to help prevent disruptions and unwanted results.
  4. Work with Manageable Groups – Migration is a complicated process that can come unstuck despite adherence to elaborate protocols. Migrate a manageable group of Virtual Machines (VMs) first and be sure to test them thoroughly and across the entire spectrum of their functionality. After this initial step has been undertaken to your satisfaction, you can begin to migrate more applications in manageable stacks. Migrating in increments and testing adequately at each stage will help prevent future problems and help manage the transition.
  5. Test – Testing is not simply ensuring a superficial running of VMs and applications. It is important that a dedicated team of IT experts thoroughly run and monitor each functional aspect. Discrepancies and issues, from unresponsive functions to broken dependencies, are best identified by subjecting a trial rollout to a thorough examination by all levels and manner of users – from IT specialists to a lay person end-user with a familiarity limited to specific applications.

Estimates of Public Cloud deployment and growth

Public cloud Infrastructure, as a Service, has reached a scale of around $38Bn in 2016, with projected growth culminating in a figure of $173Bn by 2026. The SaaS and PaaS aspects of Cloud infrastructure spending are, likewise, projected to grow from $12Bn to $55Bn in the same period. To point out that Public Cloud Service Providers are driving a change that is finding a very enthusiastic response among client enterprises is to state the obvious and the UAE is no exception. Cloud Hosting in the UAE is a rapidly emerging and highly enabling IT solution that, in keeping with global trends, is eliciting an enthusiastic response and adoption among a wide cross section of businesses.

2016 has been a defining year for the deployment of solutions offered by Public Cloud Service Providers, with significant observable traction for the strategy. Moving forward, a positive consensus around the technology is emerging among business leaders in Dubai and the UAE, which should further integrate business strategies and practices in line with the model. While initial forays were driven on the Private Cloud model, the deployment of Public Cloud Hosting solutions has grown at a rapid pace. Among GCC nations, the UAE has exhibited the greatest enthusiasm for the service, with significant sections of the market continuing to add to the numbers embracing the practice.

The UAE as an engine of innovation in the Middle East

In 2013, research by Intergence predicted that around 80 per cent of employees may be using Public Cloud Hosting services by 2020. While some recent forecasts are slightly more conservative, the numbers they project still represent a very significant departure from previous models. Enterprises are increasingly drawn to the benefits of operating virtual Data Centre driven by the Public Cloud Hosting model; traditionally such initiatives had relied on high speed broadband links to corporate data centers. The UAE ranks highest among GCC and Middle East countries in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). This awareness of the advantages presented by emerging IT solutions has seen the business environment in the UAE continue to drive the emergence of Public Cloud Service Providers. In essence, a global challenging business environment – with enterprises seizing every available opportunity to gain a competitive advantage – is, perhaps, the single greatest contributing factor in the rapid expansion of Public Cloud Hosting Services in the UAE. The synergy of enabling and empowering advantages offered by the technology has proved to be a differentiating factor that no business can afford to ignore. The UAE was already a significant player for the ERP market, with initiatives aiming to increase global competitiveness taking centre stage across verticals and industrial sectors. Public Cloud Service Providers, therefore, are being widely recognized for the competitive edge they inherently offer.

at 08/27/2018, 10:59am

Updated: at 08/27/2018, 11:00am

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