Private Cloud vs Public Cloud
Deciding between Clouds has become the million-dollar question and ultimately depends on your business’ current resource capability, risk tolerance and key drivers.
The definition of Private Cloud has evolved significantly over the years into a solution best defined as the alternative when Public Cloud doesn’t meet your needs. Private Cloud generally grants its tenants the ability to better customise their experience and offers a greater degree of control with access to the underlying infrastructure.
The use cases that are often best suited to Private Cloud may comprise of –
- Specific latency demands; impacted by datacentre location
- Government or industry regulation
- Data sovereignty
- Functionality; direct hardware access or shared infrastructure software limitation
- Licensing; restrictive licensing practices for shared infrastructure
The primary challenges of Private Cloud are the ongoing costs and management requirement of the platform. To be able to deliver a customisable solution means that pre-packaged offerings, such as platform as a service (PaaS), aren’t available. This results in the need to build and manage the platform itself, adding to the lifetime cost of the solution and sacrificing the functionality and simplicity that is Public Cloud.
In addition, whilst Private Cloud can be a more cost-predictable option (often requiring a minimum commitment to a pre-agreed consumption level), it can be the less cost-efficient in the long-term due to the comparatively costly price tag associated with managing & replacing platforms and servers over time.
Our Approach to Azure Migrations
At Azured, we will always push our customers to adopt technologies that will address a core business need.
We approach this by utilising our own developed methodology, influenced by PRINCE2 and Microsoft best practice, which we call the “Five R’s”. We apply the “Five R’s” – replace, rebuild, retain, reduce and remove when determining the ideal outcome for a given workload within your environment.
As Azure is but one component of Microsoft’s multi-Cloud strategy, when combined with your IT strategy, the platform may not necessarily be the best home for all your workloads. For example, there may be a logical SaaS-based replacement technology or a vendor-provided Cloud offering that may serve as a replacement offering given your utilisation profile.
Our experts work to determine the very best technology to align with your business needs and together, with our focus on a solid core of network, identity and security, the 5 R’s save you money and deliver the future-ready solution that your business needs.
What makes for a successful migration?
Whilst there are many considerations which contribute to a successful migration into Azure, we find the below paramount as a foundation for success;
Defining and agreeing to the end state
Each migration process begins by working with you to clearly define your end state. This will typically include functional and performance requirements as well as any overarching business goals or objectives to clearly define what success looks like to you.
Expect the unexpected
With an agreed end state in mind, our combined project team perform a pre-mortem; a unique system involving the joint identification of all the possible causes of project failure. We apply a non-personal forensic effort to identify together the potential reasons why our upcoming project may fail- be it people, process or technology related.
Open avenues of communication
At Azured, we communicate frequently and openly and recommend our customers do the same to ensure easy and thorough information sharing. In turn, this enables our team to uphold precise, timely and cost-effective adherence to agreed project deadlines.