Forrester surveyed nearly 600 global decision-makers on their top cloud strategy objectives and found that 27 percent are looking to migrate their existing workloads to a private cloud and 24 percent seek to build net-new applications in cloud environments.*
Moving to the cloud is not as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of moving parts that an organization must consider before deciding to make the move. That being said, there are many approaches that an organization can take depending on their existing infrastructure. A good starting point is to look your organization’s data center and decide what pieces make the most sense to move to the cloud.
A common approach when starting out with cloud is running cloud-native apps in public, private, or hybrid cloud environments. This takes an API-first approach and runs applications on the platform as a service or containers as a service (PaaS/CaaS) of your choice.
While your organization may not be looking to move on-premises applications to a PaaS/CaaS infrastructure, you may want to consider leveraging cloud-based applications from existing vendors. You then need to be able to connect cloud services together and connect cloud to on-prem. By implementing solutions like integration platform as a service (iPaaS), you can move some (or all) of your integration logic to the cloud depending on the need.
Maybe you need something that goes beyond connecting your applications or connecting to on-prem, you need something driven by the needs of a growing cloud presence where the above technology doesn’t meet the needs. This is where cloud messaging fits in.
As more IT endpoints move outside of the datacenter, the need for reliable, high-volume, cloud-based messaging will continue to rise. Consider cloud-based messaging if you are leveraging a multi-cloud strategy, creating web-scale, cloud-based applications, communicating with a large number of mobile or IoT devices, or needing a reliable messaging service without all the infrastructure headaches.
We understand that the journey to the cloud is unique based on your organization’s specific needs. That’s why we’ve gathered a handful of cloud experts to help you sketch your own path — whether that’s building a private cloud, deploying in a cloud-hosted environment, or making use of cloud-based messaging. Check out our 10-20 minute Journey to Cloud courses where you can learn cloud methodology from leading industry luminaries.
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*Source: Forrester, Data Global Business Technographics® Infrastructure Survey 2016