GOAL: 20% of Total IT Applications Using Cloud-based Delivery
RATIONALE: For most organizations, the path to the cloud is a transitional one rather than a jump. Two models have emerged. One leverages existing virtualization and moves pre-virtualized applications to a cloud-based deliverymodel. The rationale here is that the platform and strategy for ITaaS is already in place, so the movement is a natural one. The other model is to move non-virtualized or hardto-virtualize workloads to a cloud model, such as databases, ERP apps, or email. The rationale here is that some applications are simply too complex to transition, so using a proven cloud-based platform allows for offl ine development and less risky cut over. In either strategy the goal for most organizations should be to begin by moving 20% of your applications to a cloud delivery model.
POTENTIAL RESULTS: The cost advantages of cloud computing -- public, private or hybrid -- are astounding. However, it requires a shift in IT thinking and strategy: from managing hardware and software, to delivering workloads in a dynamic environment (IT-as-a-Service).