Warning Signs You Must Delay Cloud Adoption: Part I
Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019
Cloud services have revolutionized corporate IT, helping to reduce capital expenditure and manage inconsistent demands on IT infrastructure. But cloud adoption is a double-edged sword: get the basics wrong and you could be storing up serious potential problems for the future.
Over the course of a few blog posts, we will look at the challenges which you face. If you cannot address these quickly, you may need to delay your cloud adoption plans. In this article we look at the issue of specialist cloud skills.
A lack of cloud skills
Simply replicating your existing operating environment in the cloud actually offers little advantage over your existing infrastructure. All of the same bottleneck and failures you currently experience will still be present. And when you are being billed according to resource usage, configuration mistakes are likely to be costly.
You will need specialist cloud skills to re-engineer your systems to take full advantage of the available services, eventually moving to a serverless or containerized operating model. But if you don’t have access to those skills, your migration project is unlikely to realize the full range of available benefits—and your monthly operating costs are likely to increase, too.
Although the cloud vendor assumes responsibility for keeping the physical infrastructure layer operational, your team will still need to ensure virtualized servers, applications and servers are functioning correctly. Do you have confidence that your team are able to fully support users under the new operating paradigm?
If your business does not have access to the required skills, you are probably not yet ready for the cloud. On a positive note, cloud skills are available—if you can afford them. So It may be that a lack of skills will only require a temporary delay to your cloud plans.
In the meantime, CDS has you covered: our Level 3 engineers are available to provide interim storage hardware support before, during, and after your cloud migration to ensure normal operations continue unaffected. Give us a call today to learn more.
Warning Signs You Must Delay Cloud Adoption: Part 2
What happens when your cloud strategy (inevitably) changes? Will you actually be able to change providers?
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