Windows Server Migration
Cloud: A Migration of Integration, Part 2
Flexibility and Agility
Perhaps the greatest advantage of this migration to integrated services is that we can change our minds, change our strategies, and change the component services that comprise our solutions with relative ease.
Rather than undertaking a fork-lift replacement of rackloads of equipment, we simply subscribe to new services and shut down old ones. As new services hit the market, we dont have to wait for the end-of-useful-life of our current investments. We simply stop making those investments and move forward.
Most hardware purchases are made with an eye toward accommodating future requirements, which means a greater initial investment that will return value eventually, over a long period of time. Cloud solutions can be turned up or down as needed, which accommodates not only growth, but seasonal or other periodic increases and decreases in volume requirements. It also reduces capital investments and operating costs significantly.
We can now pilot any enterprise solutions by turning them on for a small department, testing their facility of operation and breadth of value, and then deciding whether to shut them down or roll them out across a wider base.
A Migration of Imagination
The first migration that must take place before we can begin to obtain maximum benefit from cloud services is a migration of our computing and communication paradigms. The migration to integration of services requires that we replace a rigid, predictive view of IT solutions with a more open, adaptable, resilient, agile view, where changes can be made midstream to correct course and maximize return on investment.
Its not about cloud computing, per se. Its about multiple clouds. There are many services delivered by many providers from many sources and, for the most part, it is relatively simple to combine and connect them to form comprehensive solutions. Just as traditional, on-premises systems and network integrators invest their time and energy into evaluating various combinations of hardware and software, quality cloud integrators will bring deep knowledge of various cloud-delivered services and how they interact.