Ten questions that’ll test your readiness for cloud
The shift from traditional computing infrastructure and applications to cloud services is accelerating. Organizations recognize that owning and maintaining IT infrastructure is complicated and expensive. Cloud computing eliminates these headaches by providing utility services from secure shared platforms. However, the transition to cloud demands a degree of readiness. Some workloads are hot candidates for cloud, while others require significant re-engineering to preserve vital connections with other systems. How is your organization placed?
How ready are you to embrace business in the cloud? Answer these questions to find out.
1. How will your organization benefit from moving business systems to the cloud?
2. Does your organization have the systems to share enterprise information with mobile workers?
3. Do your business managers understand performance requirements (e.g. availability, reliability, response times, etc) for specific workloads managed by cloud systems?
4. Over the next two years, do you expect changes to core business activities that will impact demand for IT services?
5. Will your existing non-cloud based applications run in the cloud?
6. Over the past two years, have you invested more or less in on-premise hardware and software?
7. Are you confident that your organization has the systems and skills to keep your information safe in the cloud?
8. Does your organization have a business continuity plan to protect your cloud based services?
9. Do your cloud providers supply information that enables your organization to identify and allocate costs to departmental users?
10. Does your organization understand its legal obligations concerning data sovereignty?
Cloud computing makes big promises. What will it do for your organization? Is it right for all your applications?