The cloud does not exist. Or rather, there is no such thing as a single cloud that fits every organization like a glove. And that makes cloud computing pretty complex. The good news: if you do it right, you will reap many benefits. In our 5-part blog series Ready for the Cloud, we explain in detail how to do it. In blog 1: why a cloud strategy should be your first step – and 4 questions you should always ask.
First, back to our opening sentence: the term cloud covers many meanings. Whereas in the early years, cloud was still synonymous with a private cloud, today it also – and above all – stands for the public cloud services of hyperscalers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google. In fact, 84% of European organizations opt for a hybrid cloud: a mix of on-premises IT, tightly controlled private cloud services and the public cloud. What’s more: increasingly, various public clouds are being combined. Complexity trumps all! Can you still see the wood for the trees?
84% of all European organizations use a mix of on-premises IT and cloud services
What are your goals?
Hastily migrating your data or systems to the cloud or impulsively integrating a host of new cloud applications into your landscape is certainly not how you deal with all that complexity. Start with the key question: why do you want to switch to cloud computing? What goals do you want to achieve? The answers are important for your cloud strategy. Do you want to
- reduce your operating costs? A pay-per-use cost structure (CapEx) instead of investing in hardware and applications (OpEx) and scaling up and down according to your needs: cloud solutions can help you cut costs.
- improve your services? Because cloud computing is flexible, you can respond quickly to peaks in demand from your customers. You become an agile, responsive company and win over customers – who remain loyal.
- innovate more quickly? You no longer need servers to roll out new infrastructure and applications. If you want more computing power to process large amounts of data, you scale up your cloud solution. If you want to innovate, you have the most innovative technology at your fingertips.
- work sustainably and meet ESG requirements? Major cloud providers boast of their sustainability goals and promise to be carbon-neutral within 10 years. More and more organizations are switching to the cloud to reduce their energy consumption and CO2 emissions (and report on them efficiently).
CO2 emissions from hyperscale cloud services will be one of the top 3 reasons to choose the cloud by 2025, according to Gartner.