Cloud and Data Center Deployment – 5 Keys to Success
We’re at a clear shift in the industry. Specifically, IT spending is steadily shifting from traditional IT offerings to cloud services (cloud shift), according to Gartner. The aggregate amount of cloud shift in 2016 rose to $111 billion, and is projected to increase to $216 billion in 2020. As you enter into your own digital journey, remember that your cloud services and data center platforms will be at the center of this shift. And, it’s critical to ensure that your data center and cloud model can keep up with the demands of the market.
Remember, although every environment is unique, there are best practices which can be followed depending on the needs of your environment. When working with a data center provider, remember the following:
- Sizing and deployment steps are important. Always create a plan based on current and future business needs. Too often we see organizations deploying platforms which are either oversized, or not properly planned out. Furthermore, leverage consumption and OPEX models wherever you can. Why pay for resources you’re never going to consume? Intelligent planning around cloud and data center requirements is an exploration around business, user, and IT requirements. If done right, you can size properly, while still keeping your ecosystem very agile.
- Know the difference between different cloud delivery models. Since needs will vary, the right solution may be a single type of cloud or a combination of solutions. Almost no organization is ready for a complete “forklift” into the cloud. This means that you need to be aware of cloud delivery models as well as their services. Sometimes hybrid is the right way to go; other times, maybe a cloud service is all you need. Know the capabilities of data center and cloud offerings and how they apply to your business.
- Data center agility will revolve around an organization’s understanding of their needs. And, how those needs are relayed both to the internal IT departments and technology partners. It’s critical that organizations truly understand the needs of their users, and how digital tools help impact their lives. A needs analysis will look at every aspect of the organization; from the end-user to the executive teams. From there, you can create dynamic services capable of meeting the demands of the business. This also helps prevent the wasting of resources and keeps the organization focused.
- Never forget about the physical aspect of the cloud and data center model. This means using a data center colocation provider with adequate capacity, engineering resources and good security practices. It’s not just about the cloud. After all, the home of the cloud is a data center. If you’re leveraging private or hybrid cloud solutions – make sure to understand the underlying infrastructure. Are you working with big data or traditional virtualization? These solutions may require different types of hardware. So, plan accordingly.
- Always work with a data center partner that can meet the ever-evolving needs of your organization both now and in the future. The journey into the cloud or the perfect data center model doesn’t have to be a lonely one. There may be elements during your shift into cloud that require guidance. Working with partners can give you greater levels of insight and better capabilities around deployments. There are always considerations around security, access, user optimization, experience, and much more. Good partners help create excellent paths into your own digital transformation strategy. Most of all, they create a data center and cloud model that’s right for your business.
Remember, the data center’s role within the modern business will continue to evolve. With proper planning and a good deployment methodologies – cloud and data center platforms become powerful tools for corporate growth. When it comes to infrastructure agility, using a partner that has hybrid deployment options will not only help keep your environment scalable – it will also allow your organization to create technological and business competitive advantages in the market.