November 2, 2018 // By Magenic
In the first two blog posts in this series we addressed assessment and action. In this final post we’re going to discuss the final phase of our AAA process of improving cloud migration: Adjustment — taking your cloud technology to the next level, where you’re prepared for anything. This is for when you’re all up to speed but still looking to the future. That’s a savvy frame of mind to be in. Cloud technology is evolving so quickly that those who can adapt quickly stand to reap the best results.
Moving your digital assets off virtual machines or deprecated facilities to the equivalent Platform As A Service (PaaS) cloud programs will likely yield valuable results, including lower costs, better business flow, superior scalability, easier operability and potential for consolidation. Open source and a wide variety of commercial products are available on many cloud platforms. Explore them. Don’t lock in with any one provider over the long term until you’ve done a strong comparison. Here are some suggestions to get you headed in the right direction.
Migrate To Containers
Containers are not yet a replacement for all workload types, but are excellent places to put computer resources. Containers generally have better densities than virtual machines, which are a considerable improvement over dedicated servers. In addition to saving money, they can be deployed easily. And quickly. Just make sure the workload is suitable for containers before moving. Pull-the-plug tests are the best way to make sure of this.
Caching helps avoid repetitive data reads, but comes at a cost of adding complexity. Building caching into your apps can be a significant performance and cost improvement, especially for data that is short lived.
A Content Delivery Network May Be A Smart Play
Leverage Your Vendor Contracts
Customers who have longer term contracts generally get better pricing and options for R&D credits and discount programs. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have an evolving conversation. You should. Try to manage your vendor relationship for at least three years and make it clear what your expectations are for savings, as well as security protections and performance goals. Get these agreements in writing and measure them to make sure goals are being met by both partners. Also, inquire program funding with vendors. Vendors often have special incentives you can access to offset the cost of competitive re-platforming and cloud migration.
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