Cloud computing offers organizations a cost-effective approach to agile, flexible and dynamic IT management.
The cloud computing industry has achieved phenomenal growth as more and more companies are taking steps to move operations to the cloud. Forbes’ roundup of cloud computing growth forecasts predicts that cloud computing is projected to increase from $67B in 2015 to $162B in 2020 attaining a CAGR of 19%. Cloud service benefits are taking hold for enterprises who are being tasked with delivering more for less. But, in many instances, cloud migration is anything but simple. Enterprises need to, not only, build the business case, but also find the right mix and the right provider as well as the right facility to deliver what they need, when they need it.
1. Get Informed About Cloud Computing for Enterprise IT
If you’re still getting up to speed on the benefits of cloud computing, you’re not alone. The 2012 Cloud Computing Outlook Survey revealed that 61% of organizations are in the information gathering or planning stages or have an approved cloud computing strategy.
Opus Interactive conducted a live webinar that provides valuable information to help your enterprise take advantage of cloud computing to secure data, save money and meet business goals.
2. Use a Cloud Readiness Assessment to Get Started
Before you begin your search for the right data center and cloud provider you need to first assess your organization’s cloud readiness. As early as 1 year before your planned migration, take time to and define clear objectives around each of the following categories:
VMware has created a helpful online assessment tool that generates a customized report with detailed next steps to help you get started.
3. Compare Data Centers to Find the Right Provider for YOU
Not all providers are the same. Once you’ve assessed your company’s cloud readiness and defined clear objectives for how you plan to structure your cloud, it’s time to find a provider and location that best fits your needs. Tour locations and get quotes from multiple providers to provide an apples-to-apples comparison of the following:
Opus Interactive has developed a Data Center Checklist to help you compare features and benefits of potential providers side-by-side.
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