Karen Gondoly

Lessons Learned When Moving to the Cloud

Moving to the Cloud Lessons

At Leostream, we work with organizations around the globe that are moving workloads to the cloud. These organizations span a wide range of industries, vary in company size, and typically have very different motivations for why they chose to move to the cloud in the first place.

Sometimes, the company decides to move to the cloud to improve data security. They want to remove data from users’ end-point devices to minimize the risk of data theft. Other times, the company has elastic capacity needs, for example they’re hiring seasonal or temporary workforce’s. These organizations like the pay-for-what-you-need aspect of the cloud, which mitigates the CapEx associated with adding resources to their data center. We even saw a case where the company simply ran out of room in their data center to put more hardware.

Whatever the case, we’ve noticed some trends related to what these companies learned along the way. So, instead of letting you start from scratch, we’d like to share what we’ve learned and give you a leg up on the start of your cloud journey.

Lesson 1: The cloud allows you to support a distributed, global, and interconnected work force

The major public clouds have regions located around the globe. That means you essentially have a global data center at your fingertips without having to build it. This is perfect for a globally distributed workforce, as you can easily locate their applications, data, and desktops in a cloud close to where they live and work. Their user experience will be leaps and bounds over that of remoting into your corporate data center.

Plus, with the data and applications in a centralized location, users can collaborate and share content more easily. Do you have video editors who need to simultaneously work on a film? Putting the media and applications in the cloud makes collaboration a breeze!

Lesson 2: Just because you can move something to the cloud, doesn’t mean you should

As always, though, you need to consider the technology and business motivations for moving to the cloud, and be willing to admit when the cloud isn’t the right direction to go.

If the complexity of your network or application increases if you move it to the cloud, then keep that application in your data center. If your data center is already configured and optimized as a cloud (are you an OpenStack adopter?) and your users are all located near your data center, a move to a public cloud may not be compelling. If there is too much overhead in architecting, implementing, and maintaining a cloud version of your application or desktops, run away.

Lesson 3: The promise of the cloud is huge, but reining it in requires an effective management tool

It’s important to remember that the cloud is essentially an unlimited, flexible commodity. That’s not always a good thing. If you’ re moving to the cloud to trade CapEx for OpEx, keep in mind that your OpEx can unintentionally spin out of control if you don’t monitor and remove compute that’s no longer in use.

But wait, you say! You’ve heard that the cloud allows you to define access control rules, and create and terminate compute resources based on user demand.

Sure, but who’s managing those decisions for you? As you work more and more with the cloud, you’ll quickly realize that the practice of managing your cloud environment isn’t as easy or simplistic as you hoped.

Having a robust connection brokering solution in place that natively supports various cloud providers, such as Leostream, gives you the ability to ubiquitously and seamlessly connect, manage, and run desktops and applications across a hybrid cloud. With Leostream, you really can treat cloud compute costs more like a commodity. Without Leostream, you’d better keep an eye on your cloud to make sure it doesn’t spin out of control.

Flexibility and efficiency are key advantages of the cloud. But you can’t leverage those advantages if you don’t adequately manage your cloud. So use the cloud where it make sense, help out your global workforce, and don’t forget your friendly connection broker named Leostream!

By Karen Gondoly

Karen Gondoly

A 15-year veteran of the technology industry, Karen Gondoly brings leadership experience as well as extensive skills in software development, technical writing, GUI design, and usability to her role as CEO of Leostream Corporation.

An active advocate of innovations in the desktops virtualization space, Gondoly writes widely on the topics of hosting resources in the datacenter and is a member of the “Women of OpenStack” community.

A graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she holds bachelor and master of science degrees in aeronautical/astronautical engineering.

She is a dedicated fitness enthusiast and avid runner, having completed over 40 marathons spanning 38 states and 3 countries.
Gilad David Maayan

Application Security Testing in the Cloud: A Practical Guide

What is Application Security Testing? Application security testing, or AST, is a crucial component of [...]
Read more
Gary Bernstein

The Transformative Potential of the Freshworks Customer Service Suite

The Freshworks Customer Service Suite (Updated 10.23.2023) Andrew Ng, Founder of Coursera : “AI is [...]
Read more
Matt Hallett

The Rise of DCRs: A New Era of Customer Data Insights

Data Clean Rooms are Changing the Game for Marketers It’s no surprise that data clean [...]
Read more
Vladimir Fedak

What is the cloud pyramid: the layers of DevOps services

The layers of DevOps services We use cloud computing services quite a lot nowadays, yet [...]
Read more
Steve Prentice

Episode 21: Building a better backup – getting the whole organization to play better in the sandbox

Building a better backup – getting the whole organization to play better in the sandbox [...]
Read more
Featured Thought Leaders

Get Featured: Ready to Showcase Your Insights in Interviews & Thought Leadership?

Attention technology brands! If you have a thought leader enthusiastic about being interviewed and offering guest posts insights to broaden their exposure, act now! They could be showcased on CloudTweaks.
Craig Lowell
Jeff DeVerter
Andy Hilliard
Chris Bray
Nancy Zafrani

SPONSOR PARTNER

Explore top-tier education with exclusive savings on online courses from MIT, Oxford, and Harvard through our e-learning sponsor. Elevate your career with world-class knowledge. Start now!
© 2024 CloudTweaks. All rights reserved.