Why move to the cloud? In truth, most companies don’t stop to answer this question. Cloud migration just sort of happens. Sometimes your cloud strategy kicks off because you need certain cloud technology solutions. Sometimes a single member of your management team pushes the whole business into cloud computing. Sometimes a move to the cloud means simply catching up with your competitors.
We see it all the time: A company with 50 servers moves to the cloud by creating 50 instances, one for each physical server. The thinking goes that if I’m using this much physical infrastructure, I’ll need this much cloud infrastructure. Simply convert servers to instances, and just like that, I’ve moved to the cloud.
In my previous post, “Is ‘Why?’ the Most Important Cloud Question?”Is ‘Why?’ the Most Important Cloud Question?”, I discussed the importance of knowing Why you’re moving to the cloud as a critical success factor for your cloud project.
One of the questions I received in response to the post was, “Once you can answer the question why you’re moving to the cloud, what’s next?”
Exactly. What is next.
The question today isn't IF you are moving to the cloud.
Everyone is already in the process of moving to the cloud, or will be in very short order. There are strategic, operational and human capital reasons for this transition - and there is no slowing it down.
The real question is WHY are you moving to the cloud?
Part I: The Basics
ServerCentral’s enterprise cloud utilizes VMware’s vSphere platform. Powered by vCloud Director, we offer on-demand, self-service Enterprise Cloud services. For those most familiar with VMware private clouds (think ESXi, vCenter, etc.), managing cloud infrastructure from vCloud Director is a fundamentally different way of thinking. No longer do you have to worry about hardware, hypervisors, or maintenance. Our intent is to offer peace of mind that is seldom found in the IT world.
Our enterprise cloud is architected to offer flexibility, convenience and the much sought-after single pane of glass.
Understanding how our Enterprise Cloud functions is the key to utilizing the platform to its highest potential. In this first part of our Enterprise Cloud series we will discuss how our platform is organized and how to spin up your first virtual machines in the cloud.