What is the impact of cloud sprawl?
Cloud sprawl is often the byproduct of a “cloud-first” initiative — thinking of the public cloud as the sole destination for all workloads. However, today’s reality is that business happens across private clouds, public clouds and edge cloud environments. CIOs and cloud architects need to improve their cloud adoption strategies in order to avoid cloud sprawl’s impact, including:
Taking control of your cloud environments
By thinking of a cloud as a set of experiences to bring to all your environments, not a destination, you can implement a coordinated cloud strategy. Doing so enables you to establish a cloud consistent operating model across all environments and ultimately let business requirements, not technology limitations, determine where workloads reside.
Successfully delivering cloud experiences to all your workloads will include:
Modernizing your applications
In the strategize stage, align with your cloud stakeholders to plan how to turn your existing applications into cloud applications.
Below is how you can determine the future of your applications, ensuring that business and app requirements guide your decisions.
Your cloud modernization options
It is important to understand the difference between your cloud modernization options for your apps. The diagram below can help you understand value and effort required by each. Note that value is not just revenue – it encapsulates the capabilities, automation and the reduction of infrastructure investments that cloud provides.
Understand your data needs
Data is another key consideration in determining a workload’s cloud deployment. Below are six characteristics you can use to determine a suitable environment for your workload. The sliders demonstrate which environment will deliver more value for a given characteristic.
The amount of data you need to move and manage.
The needed mobility of your data between environments and associated fees.
The speed at which data is processed and the ability to meet real-time needs.
How often you’ll need to leverage data and what kind of processing power you’ll need.
The level at which data must be protected, and your ability to meet data sovereignty needs.
Following best practices for backup and disaster recovery.
While developing your cloud strategy, you’ll need to also get your organization cloud smart. Build out a training plan tailored to your team’s needs and knowledge base.
Developers and users need cloud technologies to drive productivity and agility, but they will be hesitant at anything that creates undue friction and impedes innovation.
Solution: Embrace cloud-native development and cloud flexibility to boost agility, incorporating existing tools and processes.
IT will be on the front line of organizational change, welcoming simplified processes and management but may be challenged by cloud migrations.
Solution: Focus on increasing visibility and control across cloud environments for your IT team via consistent operations and infrastructure.
In order to remain competitive, your leaders need a cloud deployment that is flexible while staying on budget.
Solution: Strategically place workloads to meet present and future business needs, ensuring your cost model provides flexibility.
Success will look different for every organization. However, below are some common traits that most organizations will use to gauge the success of ongoing cloud adoptions.
What to check for:
What to check for:
Dell Technologies deploys and manages clouds seamlessly around the world, so we understand how to optimize cloud adoption while mitigating the challenges and risks to transformation.
Our experts are here to help with your cloud journey. Dell Technologies Services not only provides a structured approach during each stage of your cloud journey, but the depth of our expertise ensures that no matter what your business goals, we can help you achieve them. We offer the following services: