With cloud computing, you’ve got a lot to think about when picking providers. Check out this cloud migration checklist that’s along the lines of moving to a new house. It’s a good breakdown of the individual steps of a cloud migration. As an IT person in the modern world, you’ll probably be able to add your own opinions to this list. For example, the idea of hiring a mover—i.e., a system integrator in the IT world—may work for you, or maybe you’d rather do it yourself.
On that front, here are a couple of common cloud migration mistakes to avoid. One that we find interesting is the advice to make sure you’re signing an SLA that’s written for the applications you’re moving to cloud. The paperwork around cloud can be outdated, since cloud and SaaS technology changes quickly. New use cases come up all the time, and every company’s deployment of an application will be different for their situation. Make sure you know generally what should go into your cloud services SLA before you sign.
And on the topic of cloud mistakes, this recent story looks at a website outage, and all the connected hardware, software and providers that could be causing that outage. It’s quite a reminder that monitoring is way more complex than it was ten years ago, in a pre-virtualization, on-premises infrastructure. Just one piece of the puzzle—one SaaS provider’s app, for example—needs monitoring, along with all the other pieces. We know this firsthand, and we’re always impressed by how much our customers manage with our tools.
One essential part of cloud today is its terminology. We hear about private cloud as a starting point for many enterprises, but what does that mean exactly? Let’s take a minute to consider what a private cloud actually is. It’s not just a virtualized data center, easy as it may be to conflate the two. Like other types of cloud, private cloud should be flexible and scalable, which means modern storage and networking tools and techniques will be involved to some degree. But the key to infrastructure being a private cloud is that it offers user self-service to get the system resources they need. A private cloud also needs to have a management interface for IT to run it on-premises.
There’s your cloud lesson for the week. Before you head out for the weekend, sign up for our upcoming webinar on monitoring remote locations. You’ll get a quick lesson on monitoring complex infrastructure.