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A successful journey to the cloud starts with asking the right questions

Four Questions to Ask When It's Time to Modernize Your Data Center

Cloud computing is here to stay. The agility and scalability of the cloud model - as well as  its ability to transform up-front capital expenditures into flexible operating expenditures - are too compelling to ignore. For CIOs in organizations of all sizes, the question is no longer whether to take advantage of the cloud ... but how. Unfortunately, that question isn't as easy to answer as it might sound.

Not all cloud providers are created equal. Different vendors offer different features, terms and service levels. And once you engage with one vendor, it can be difficult to change your mind down the road - even if that vendor's offering doesn't fully mesh with your existing IT practices and policies.

While navigating the cloud marketplace can be a challenge, you can successfully formulate your strategy by weighing your options as a successful journey to the cloud starts with asking the right questions.

Here are just a few that should be top-of-mind:

1. How well will your cloud services integrate with your on-premises IT?
A few companies may be in the fortunate position of being able to simply shift all of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, or to build it all in the cloud from scratch. For most organizations, however, moving to the cloud will be a balancing act. Some applications will transition smoothly, while others may have engineering, security, or compliance requirements that make moving to the cloud impossible.

This means that a cloud strategy really means a hybrid cloud strategy, where the IT services portfolio comprises a mix of cloud-based and on-premises assets. When choosing a cloud vendor, it's important to consider how well the vendor handles this scenario. Will the applications that are suited to the cloud transition seamlessly, or will they require re-engineering to operate in the cloud environment?

2. Will the cloud support your existing IT practices?
Some cloud providers seem to offer a smorgasbord of features, but this abundance comes at a price. Many features offered by cloud vendors are proprietary, meaning your IT staff will need to learn new tools and practices to use them and develop new policies to govern how they are used within your organization.

What's more, over-reliance on such proprietary features can lead to vendor lock-in, because the features on one cloud seldom translate exactly to similar features on another cloud. That's doubly bad when you consider that using more than one cloud vendor is increasingly becoming an industry best practice. Consider carefully whether you can afford to have your applications anchored to a single vendor's offering.

3. Does the cloud support true failover?
Disaster recovery is a very popular use case for cloud services. For many organizations, it's their first step into the cloud world. But unless your cloud provider offers true parity with your on-premises infrastructure, the process of recovery could be laborious and take far longer than you can likely afford.

If your disaster recovery solution requires your IT staff to switch to an unfamiliar set of tools and to support an unfamiliar, proprietary architecture in the event of an incident, you can't have 100 percent assurance. Ideally when disaster strikes, you should be able to quickly spin up a true clone of your infrastructure in the cloud. Not every cloud provider supports this.

4. Does the cloud meet your security requirements?
It's impossible to understate the importance of security. In fact, security is one of the top reasons cited by companies that are reluctant to venture into the cloud - and they're right to be concerned. Although they have demonstrated expertise at operating IT at massive scale, some cloud vendors have frighteningly ineffective, antiquated security policies that don't stop attacks from spreading inside the data center and the cloud.

Ideally, your cloud vendor should offer an environment that supports security policies that are consistent with those you have implemented in your own data center. There should be no double standard; a cloud environment that increases flexibility, but puts the applications running on it at risk, is not an acceptable trade-off.

Plan your journey
By now it should be clear that when it comes to the cloud, one size does not fit all. As with any business decision, there are many factors to weigh and balance - and just because a given cloud vendor is a market leader doesn't necessarily mean that vendor will be the right match for your particular needs and objectives.

Still, choosing a cloud provider needn't be a daunting task. If you approach the market with an eye to your business objectives and how the cloud fits into your existing practices and policies, you can proceed with confidence knowing you've done your homework. You have a wealth of options, so choose wisely.

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Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS - software, platform, and infrastructure as a service.

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With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo@ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.

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Accordingly, attendees at the upcoming 20th Cloud Expo @ThingsExpo June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA will find fresh new content in a new track called FinTech, which will incorporate machine learning, artificial intelligence, deep learning, and blockchain into one track.

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Allwyn Sequeira joined VMware in 2008 and serves as senior vice president and general manager for vCloud Air. He is responsible for R&D, delivery and operations of the vCloud Air platform and services, including hybrid-cloud solutions. Previously, Allwyn was VP & CTO, Network & Security BU, leading R&D and delivery of the industry-leading SDN platform NSX, including integration of Nicira NCP and vCloud Network & Security solutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry and is a recognized leader in the areas of cloud computing, network and security virtualization, and Internet solutions. Allwyn has led several industry innovations, including hybrid-cloud platforms, SDN (NSX, VXLAN), microsegmentation, distributed routing, load balancers and security virtualization.

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