Reasons to Migrate your Applications to Cloud?
Some of the most common reasons for migrating existing enterprise workloads to the cloud server are cost savings, modernization and scale. The common cloud migration drivers we witnessed so far are mentioned in details below :
Hardware upgrade that needs a big budget:
These days it is very common to closely scrutinise most CAPEX purchases and hardware refreshes. The cost of purchasing data center hardware – which includes data servers, storage and networking gear – especially for applications that are non-mission critical are being compared to those of the extremely low cost and pay-as-you-go model of public cloud equivalent. Qualified IT managers will tell you that while the capital cost of hardware is just 24 percent, with operational and software accounting for almost 70 percent of the ownership costs. Many businesses are now moving their workloads and running them on the cloud in order to avoid expensive hardware refresh cycles.
Renewal of data center lease :
Smaller and tight budgets are making it difficult to own infrastructure that are so many or extremely expensive. CIOs are looking for cost savings by cutting down the number of data centers or by reducing footprint in leased data centers. It is very common that data centers that host a secondary environment (for continuity/disaster recovery) are under heavy scrutiny. Cloud IaaS can easily replace a secondary data center that is costly besides demanding high maintenance. Many businesses usually begin the possibility of migration of their workloads a year earlier before a lease renewal.
Cost Savings :
Another main target to save money is promoting workloads with low utilisation. These consists of physical server environs or workloads with cyclical utilisation where business demands go up for several times in a month or in a given year. Instead of stocking the environment with extremely costly infrastructure, the on-location environment can be provisioned for an average usage, while taking full advantage of the cloud for peak time usage.
Improved availability/recoverability :
In this area, workloads of businesses can be put into two categories :
- Mission-Critical Applications that need extremely low Recovery Time Objective of hours rather than days for leveraging a lower recoverability time through the use of a cloud than a traditional DR or data backup; and
- Critical Applications that need business continuity but that have not been protected because of the huge cost of traditional disaster recovery solutions. In this case, customers can still run their workloads right from their data center, and the cloud is their secondary environment. They may also use some alternatives like AWS Direct Connect for better performance and lower latency.
Leveraging of new PaaS stack :
Some businesses are already shifting their development and operations environs from on-premises to a cloud-based Platform such as a Service model for development and to release agility, enhanced collaboration, and both OPEX and CAPEX savings over maintaining their very own infrastructure & development environment. A good example of such a shift from on-premises to the cloud is using Azure for a .NET application.
Business growing at rate IT can’t support anymore :
Some businesses grow at such a high rate that the current infrastructure and IT resources could no longer keep pace with it. So, the management is forced to ramp up operation scale and agility in order to meet the needs of their customers. One way of doing is to move existing workloads to the cloud. In most cases, workloads are refactored to take full advantage of cloud-native services.
To sum up, company cost savings, modernization and the scale of enterprises are key themes that compel companies to migrate their current workloads from data centers to cloud.
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