March 7, 2018
Cloud, SD-WAN, IaaS, PaaS, WAN-Cloud Exchange, WAN-CX, cloud migration, hybrid cloud, workload placement process, cloud strategy, cloud architect, cloud solution architect, DN6434
To succeed in migrating work into the cloud, IT leaders need to embrace some fundamental principles and practices:
- Have a cloud strategy: More than 75% of successful cloud users have a strategy, while fewer than half of less successful companies do. Cloud strategies should be a piece of overall infrastructure strategy, coordinated with planning for data centers and networks, for staffing and services. They encompass both use of cloud for net new work, as well as migration of existing workloads to the cloud. The strategy and its accompanying roadmap should look 18 months to two years out, and encompass what kinds of work will move out to the cloud, what the necessary prerequisites to those moves are (in terms of security and integration especially), and metrics for monitoring success ongoing.
- Staff for a migration: More successful users of cloud are 50% more likely to have staff assigned to high-level cloud oversight (cloud architects), and more than twice as likely to have staff dedicated to design of cloud-based services (cloud solution architects) and to mitigating the risks of placing workloads in the cloud (cloud security specialists).
- Have a workload placement process: More than half of the more successful users of cloud have a formal workload placement process they follow to assign each new or refreshed workload to its proper sourcing option, ranging from complete DIY in the data center, through various forms of hosting, to IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS.
- Embrace cloud-specific security: Organizations more successful with security overall are more than 50% more likely to have a formal strategy for securing use of cloud based resources than less successful ones, as well as an accompanying cloud-specific security architecture.
- Embrace cloud-oriented networking: More successful users of cloud are nearly 88% more likely to use direct cloud connect technologies, and 81% more likely to use cloud exchanges, than less successful organizations. Organizations can use SD-WAN solutions to further optimize delivery to and from direct- and exchange-connected sites, and even offload cloud-bound traffic directly at the branch.
Table of Contents
- TABLE OF FIGURES
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- THE ISSUE: MIGRATING TO CLOUD
- FIRST: PLAN FOR CLOUD
- SECOND: STAFF FOR CLOUD
- CLOUD ARCHITECTS
- CLOUD SOLUTION ARCHITECTS
- CLOUD SECURITY SPECIALISTS
- THIRD: WORKLOAD PLACEMENT
- ARCHITECTURE AND AFFINITY
- FOURTH: SECURITY FOR CLOUD
- CASB AND SSOAAS
- FIFTH: CLOUD-ORIENTED NETWORKING
- DIRECT CLOUD CONNECT
- SOFTWARE DEFINED WAN (SD-WAN)
- CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
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