Saturday, 6 November 2021

Data Center to Cloud- Move into the Cloud

The fact that virtual data centers in the cloud can be provisioned or scaled down with just a few mouse clicks is part of the reason for moving to the cloud. In the modern data center, software-defined networking (SDN) manages traffic flows via software. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from public and private clouds spins up whole systems on-demand. When new applications are needed, Platform as a Service (PaaS) and container technologies are available in an instant.

While many organizations have already made the jump to the cloud, others are less certain. The cloud provides a number of advantages, but many companies are concerned about the cost and the lack of visibility, accountability, and transparency of public cloud infrastructure.

Data Center vs. The Cloud: Which is Best for Your Organization?

There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution for every organization. Ultimately, the decision to use a public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, or traditional data center depends on the degree of privacy and control needed, as well as the pressure to curb costs and increase transparency. The following chart summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of each approach:


Traditional Data Center

Cloud Computing

Hybrid Cloud

Benefits:Owner has complete control over hardware

Cost of use is slightly easier to understand

Privacy can be maintained in industries where it is required

Little in the way of up-front costs

Resources are scalable with use and need

Pay for what you use

Requires little knowledge or manpower to get started

Rapid implementation

Platform independent

Easy to access remotely

Automatically updated

Ongoing security

Opportunity to try out the cloud without a full commitment (or full migration)

All benefits of a cloud platform are available for use

Cloud can serve as a backup for on-prem data centers and vice versa

Can operate behind a firewall (good for added security)

Allows more control over some parts of the cloud

Disadvantages:High up-front capital cost

Takes up space, uses power whether used or not

Requires a dedicated team to maintain

Hard to access remotely

Security solely dependent on local team

Updates are not automatic; again rely on local team

Less control over the actual hardware and operating system

Services offerings and cost structures can be hard to understand at times

Privacy and access must be monitored closely

Keeping track of multiple clouds can be tricky; might require a third party dashboard

 

 

Good for:Smaller organizations that already have a heavy capital investment in IT

Organizations that need to be excessively cautious about data privacy

Most organizations of any sizeLarger organizations with existing IT infrastructure, but who also want to start their cloud journey

 

 

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