Planning Your Cloud Move: “Who Can Give Me What I Need?”
February 14, 2019
- Posted by: Simon Croyden
If you’ve been following the advice offered in this blog series so far, you’ll have built up an accurate picture of your as-is IT estate, amended it to exploit any opportunities for rationalization, and pinpointed any applications that need to remain on-premise. Armed with this clear statement of your requirements, you’re now in a position to start approaching and evaluating cloud vendors to see which one can best satisfy your needs.
First, though, it’s important to be clear about some basic differences between providers. Some will match your usage profile better than others, which may point you in one direction rather than another. You may find that vendors – including the three main vendors, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure – differ in particulars such as:
While evaluating cloud vendors, you should talk to those that seem best suited to your needs and experiment with each vendor’s offering to test whether it will actually provide what you expect. Try different configurations on each cloud platform and compare the performance you get on each one with your as-is metrics to ensure you are getting the performance you need at the right price.
My next post will look at the question “How do I move?” and the steps you need to plan for in your migration. Why not download our complete guide, “Essential Considerations for Cloud Migration Planning and Cost Optimization“ in the meantime?
Read the other posts in the Cloud Migration and Cost Optimization series: