The vast promise of a cloud migration often leads to a critical question for most enterprises: How large should their migration be and how fast can it be accomplished? After all, the massive scalability and unflinching reliability of the cloud can truly be felt when implemented for their business critical sites or apps. At the heart of this question, however, is the allure of cost savings, prompting many organizations to go all in with their cloud investment.
That isn’t without reason. The major public cloud providers utilize state-of-the-art computing equipment (ultra-high density drives at a massive scale) to power their cloud offerings, far surpassing the technology planted in most enterprises’ internal data centers. Yet, enterprises who are most interested in the cloud to unlock their cost savings can find the dollars saved to be the most elusive benefit. This often emerges from several critical oversights. Optimistic internal stakeholders tend to overlook roadblocks, such as legacy systems that are incompatible with the cloud or are inextricably tethered to a local data center. A lack of formalized training or education for their internal IT team can lead to significant skill gaps, allowing cost saving opportunities to go unrecognized. Even worse, over purchasing or improper monitoring the resources in place can drain an IT budget before the cost savings are realized. It may make the most sense for organizations to not only properly scope the size of their project but also test the waters with a smaller project before going all in with their largest projects.