By Bas Demmink – Technical Commercial Director at Solvinity
Let me compare the journey to the cloud to holiday travels. It’s summer now and many of us will pretty soon be enjoying a holiday. Chances are you’ve already been dreaming about the great destinations you’re about to visit: beautiful cities, endless beaches, palm trees. Holidays are great...
The journey however – not so much.
Waiting at airports in long lines, dragging heavy suitcases, children crying, the struggle with taxi’s or public transportation. And when you finally reach your ‘heaven on earth’, it rarely looks like the destination you had pictured in your dreams.
When I was traveling to China, this is what I imagined the Chinese wall would look like:
Copyright Zhu Difeng
The reality was quite a bit different. When we finally reached this destination, after a two-hour car trip over busy bumpy roads and a few extra hours of detours looking for suitable parking space, the Great Wall of China looked more like a Great Wall of Chinese. Reality has a way of turning out very different from how we think it will be...
Copyright Zhu Difeng
For many, the journey to the cloud has been a similar experience. Great stories and dreams that resulted in disillusionment. This cannot be good.
When you take that step towards the cloud, you want your journey to be smooth and controlled. No surprises. And all within the expected timeframe and within budget.
To reach that Nirvana situation, you have to keep in mind that the scope needs to be clearly defined. As with most projects, this is the hard part and the most cited cause of disappointment.
Setting your scope has everything to do with a clear definition of your expectations – and a thorough reality check on those expectations to top it off. Why are you moving to the cloud? To this day, many believe the public cloud is cheaper by nature. The actual benefits, according to a research by Rightscale, might surprise you.
So, the first thing you need to do if you consider moving to the cloud, is correct your expectations. Come up with real and valid reasons for moving to the cloud, and establish if and how those reasons match with reality. Is it about reducing costs, or about scalability, or achieving more flexibility - or maybe it's all about security for you? All of these reasons have consequences for the choices you need to make and the course your journey will take.
Also, don’t forget your journey is not just about your destination – it’s also about where you start. Keep in mind most companies already use cloud services to some degree, be it an accounting application or your e-mail service. This is why we at Solvinity use a cloud maturity model (CMM) to identify at what stage you are in your journey to the cloud.
Source: Open Data Center Alliance
Knowing where you’re coming from and where you want to be is essential if you want a smooth and pleasant journey. I’ll dive a little deeper into your options in my next blog on your journey to the cloud.
Can’t wait? Airlift your journey to the cloud – contact us at info(at)solvinity.com or call us on +31 (0)20 364 36 00.