… locked in and limited.
Forward-thinking companies utilize a strategy that minimizes or avoids cloud-specific services — these effectively lock them into that cloud. Instead, advise customers to standardize on services that are available on multiple clouds and require minimal migration effort.
Also, model the impact of keeping one service running in its original cloud while running related workloads on another cloud. Have a plan around cloud mobility technologies and architectures that allow for the simple and fast deployment of workloads across clouds with minimal disruption, downtime or re-configuration/rewrite efforts.
Last, unified, cloud-agnostic management and configuration are key. Use orchestration and management frameworks that interface to native cloud management systems but operate uniformly across clouds.
The data is clear: Cloud workload mobility and migration are on the rise. If you have customers sitting on the sidelines, our survey shows 2018 may be the year they finally make the jump. Educate yourself on the value of a multi-cloud strategy, and have a plan to keep migrations on budget and on time.
One more note on the data. When asked, “If you could go back in time to improve the application migration project, which of the following would you do?” most (56 percent) said they would have done more pre-migration testing. That’s a service opportunity for partners.
Issy is the CEO and co-founder of Velostrata and a serial entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding Velostrata, Issy was the CTO for VMware’s Mirage desktop virtualization product. Issy joined VMware through the acquisition of Wanova, a desktop virtualization company founded by Issy and Ilan Kessler, and acquired by VMware in 2012.
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