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The Great Cloud Migration – The Why?

In an earlier HyperGrid blog, we wrote about how a “cloud-twofer” can play a critical role in helping enterprises with cloud migration, adoption and operating at scale with public clouds like AWS and Azure. We also wrote about some of the key trends from VMWorld and how “deciding on the right cloud” was one of the top trends. What’s clear is that customers, Cloud MSPs and consulting firms need broader capabilities from their cloud management technology solutions to ensure successful cloud migration and adoption.

When it comes to the public cloud, the conversation is invariably nuanced. Customers are increasingly seeking ‘hybrid’ or ‘multi’ cloud deployments. But here’s the rub: both these terms can mean many different things in terms of an operational model and they don’t really speak intelligently to the customer journey in adopting one or more public clouds

At HyperGrid, we recognize that all customers with a data center footprint operate in a hybrid cloud model at some point in their journey to the public cloud. In many cases, they continue to operate with workloads on-premises and in public cloud. We also recognize that getting to a scalable operational model is paved with many challenges throughout the customer adoption cycle. Therefore, it’s important to continuously and holistically address these challenges with simplicity, analytics, and automation for customer success. That’s the vision for our intelligent cloud management solution, HyperCloud

3Ws of the Great Cloud Migration

The simple model of Why, What, and Where is a good starting point for how we think about enterprise pain points and their value chain in the cloud journey.

Above are some of the decision points that many customers face when considering the public cloud. For those in highly regulated industries that are public-cloud averse, the answer is immediate and more obvious: stay wary of the public cloud. But most customers recognize this as a good way to capture their needs.

The first W: Why ?
Does it makes operational and economic sense to move to the public cloud?

We continue to see rapid adoption of public clouds such as Amazon, Microsoft (Azure) and Google and others such as VMware continue to deliver ways to better bridge existing customer investments with public clouds. While most solutions lack the simplicity, intelligence, and automation required to make a ‘hybrid’ model easily accessible to customers, their focus on continuity from current on-premises innovation is an important recognition of customer needs.

In the enterprise cloud journey, the critical first decision in cloud migration is whether it makes operational and economic sense to move to the public cloud. As the famous inspirational speaker and author Simon Sinek says, “Start with Why?”.

Is this a lift-and-shift migration to eliminate Data Center footprint and consolidate? Is it perhaps to reduce the DR infrastructure investment as the first step to start exploring cloud benefits? Does this make more sense at an application granularity? Maybe there are some applications that make much more economic and operational sense in the public cloud vs others.

These are perhaps some of the most important—yet overlooked—considerations when it comes to cloud migration

HyperCloud provides enterprises with the ability to automatically discover, analyze, and recommend opportunities to right-size their current on-premises environment like VMware vSphere, KVM, and Microsoft Hyper-V, while providing simultaneous comparison of their public cloud costs and footprint (instance planning, service planning etc) on VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC), AWS, Azure, and GCP.

The right sizing intelligence, based on actual usage ensures that over-provisioned on-premises VMs do not end up as-is on public clouds. Our data analytics and performance benchmarking of public clouds compares millions of permutations and combinations of instances to ensure that you are getting an actual apples to apples comparison based on needs vs reality (not just advertised specifications).

This kind of automation, intelligence and proactive visibility empowers enterprise IT teams to really answer the most important question of “Why”?

Does it make sense to continue amortizing their existing investment before migrating to a public cloud to support future needs? It also helps teams begin thinking of the right use case (e.g. virtual infrastructure DR or some specific applications) as the first step in the journey.

Most importantly, proactively answering the “Why” could be the difference between a successful cloud adoption vs a failed one for reasons such as runaway costs or lack of organizational buy-in.

Stay tuned as we explore the second and the third W: What and Where  of the great cloud migration. In the meantime, we invite you try out HyperCloud Analytics with a 30-day no-strings-attached trial on AWS Marketplace.

Badri Venkatachari leads product management and product marketing at HyperGrid. He joined HyperGrid from Microsoft where he managed the StorSimple business, which was a highly successful acquisition that Microsoft made in 2012. His team was responsible for rapidly growing the hybrid cloud storage business and expanding its market reach to more than 60 countries. His responsibilities included product management & marketing, business strategy, GTM, ISV/resale partnerships, and supply-chain planning and fulfillment. Prior to Microsoft, he led product and partner marketing at StorSimple through its acquisition and led post-acquisition integration efforts coordinating across multiple teams. He has also held senior roles in corporate strategic & financial advisory, product management and R&D for distributed systems in Turin Networks, ADC and Novell. Badri has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He also holds Masters degrees in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and in Physics from BITS, Pilani, India.

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