IT organizations of all sizes are facing similar challenges in today’s competitive market — how can they move faster and be more responsive to business needs and market dynamics? And, how can they enable such agility and productivity while reducing costs?
Leaders know they need to do something, and many organizations are turning towards cloud solutions to help solve these challenges. In addition to considering public cloud platforms, many enterprises are choosing open source private cloud platforms to avoid vendor lock-in, meet regulatory compliance and data sovereignty requirements, and to help lower costs.
For most organizations, however, the journey to the cloud won’t be all-in on any particular platform. Most companies find there isn’t a one-cloud-fits-all solution, and a majority of enterprises choose a multi-cloud approach, using public cloud for some workloads and private cloud for others.
Private clouds offer many of the same benefits as public cloud, such as on-demand, scalable compute, storage and networking capabilities. In a private cloud environment, you are the sole tenant, so you don’t have to share hardware or virtual environments with others, giving you more control.
Further, you can deploy a private cloud anywhere — in your own data center or hosted in a service provider’s facility. This location and geographic flexibility can help organizations meet security, compliance and data sovereignty requirements for their highly sensitive data and applications.
Additionally, private cloud eases the complexity and cost of migrating existing applications from legacy IT environments. For example, legacy applications often rely upon physical security devices which cannot be migrated to public cloud. Private clouds, however, offer the flexibility to design app migrations so these same physical security devices can be used in the new private cloud environment. This flexibility allows more applications to be migrated to a private cloud environment where they can continue to operate until it’s time to update, rewrite or replace them.
Finally, and for many businesses most importantly, private clouds are ideal for large workloads with persistent demand requirements. For these types of workloads, it’s more cost-efficient to run them in a private cloud environment. In fact, Rackspace private cloud customers have saved up to 60 percent in platform costs by moving from their legacy platform to our OpenStack private cloud. And, our customers have averaged saving $258,000 in annual operating costs (per 20 servers) by consuming our private cloud as a service instead of trying to operate it on their own.
For organizations considering a move to the cloud, there are key challenges and considerations they must address. For example, who will operate their cloud? Cloud operations are extremely complex and require specialized skills that are often in high demand and short supply — are companies prepared to invest in finding, hiring and retaining these highly-sought-after cloud operators?
What cultural changes will be required? Operating in the cloud requires new tools, new processes and a DevOps mentality. Is your organization ready for these changes?
Which applications and workloads are right for migrating to the cloud? Not every workload is equally suited to run in the cloud. How will you choose which applications to migrate?
These are just a few of the decisions organizations must make as part of a successful journey to the cloud.
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