Not long ago, cloud computing was only a small blip on the business radar. But today, it is transforming the way business gets done, with Forrester predicting that 50 per cent of large enterprises will have a production workflow running in the cloud by 2018.
Although there are challenges in bringing the agility promised by the cloud into the critical enterprise application portfolio, especially with limited budgets, in-house skills, and resources, the rich-rewards on offer make this endeavor well worthwhile.
Streamlining enterprise application infrastructure
You will be pleased to hear that there isn’t just one path from current enterprise application infrastructure to a cloud-based model. Much will depend on your starting point, the different needs across your IT portfolio, and your appetite for change.
For example, some IT leaders aren’t ready to act on cloud for their enterprise application portfolio. They want a streamlined, on-premises solution for demanding applications and a compatible public cloud option should it be required.
Extending the private cloud model
Even though many IT departments have been private clouds to consolidate less-critical workloads, they haven’t extended this model for their enterprise application portfolio. However, there are solutions specifically engineered for these applications and databases with compatible public cloud options. You can even deliver an expanded set of private cloud services using the same consolidation and operational model.
There is also the possibility of deploying hybrid cloud for application development and testing. After all, many new approaches find their way into enterprise IT after being used for development and testing, which represents a logical way to introduce public cloud, as resource requirements are highly variable.
Taking advantage of the public cloud model
While some IT organisation don’t even consider public cloud for serious use, there is still a strong desire to evolve towards its agility and cost structure. But with some solutions, like The Oracle Cloud Machine, you can enjoy the same functionality, same operational model and same cost structure behind the firewall.
For organisation under pressure to move existing application workloads to a public cloud provider, the availability of ‘lift-and-shift’ services for analysis, migration, validation, and training of in-house resources is invaluable.