By Meg Ramsey
CEOs and boards are demanding that IT go all in on cloud. Gartner believes that if you haven't developed a cloud-first strategy yet, you're falling behind your competitors.
But not all clouds are created equal. You need to choose the right infrastructure based on your application workload's needs, and should pursue a multi-cloud strategy that not only takes advantage of providers' different strengths, but also prevents vendor lock-in.
How do you create a strategic buying framework for a multi-cloud strategy that takes into account all your business, system, application and cost drivers?
I'm going to walk through the full process in a series of posts covering:
But first, I want to look at the current data on types of cloud infrastructure and individual providers. Each is suited for different applications, and by starting with an overview of the market right now, you can more strategically and successfully approach the cloud.
How to pick the best cloud solution for each application use case
I created a chart based on research from Gartner, IDC, and Forrester that gives a high-level summary of what each type of infrastructure works best for and what you should probably avoid.
Applications should drive infrastructure decisions. It's important to ask if an application truly needs to leverage the characteristics of the cloud and create a framework that determines where applications should sit from an infrastructure standpoint.
Keep in mind that as you move from on-premise data centers to SaaS, you increase vendor lock-in. Most analysts recommend that you have at least two cloud providers, with 70-80 percent of workloads residing in your primary cloud, but building relationships and familiarizing your team with the second cloud to create a secondary buying path if necessary.
How to choose the best cloud for your applications
Not all clouds are created equal. I pulled together the chart below to offer a high-level overview of the different cloud providers out there, the ideal use cases for each and what you shouldn't use them for.
We'll dive deeper into this chart in future posts.
Getting started with a multi-cloud strategy
The infrastructure and providers you choose will always depend on your use case. In future posts, we'll look at how to apply this information to winning executive buy-in, honing in on the best solutions for your applications and beginning migrations and refactoring.
In the meantime, let me know if you have any questions or want to discuss your particular cloud strategy.