Where to Draw the Line in Cloud Migration?

Many business application workloads are migrating to the public cloud, but is this really the right solution for everything? The answer depends on a lot of factors, including the industry in question, the business’s specific security needs, and performance expectations. It can also vary wildly among different enterprises, with some placing as much as 90 percent in the cloud and others being quite satisfied with 50 percent. While there are plenty of benefits that can be gained by migrating to the cloud, there are some instances where doing so will only lead to disappointment and unnecessary spending.

How do you know when you have reached the right balance? The answer might not be immediately obvious in every case and could require some studies, but generally speaking, applications do not need to be migrated to the cloud if there will not be much economic benefit from making such a move. Once all of the appropriate candidates have been migrated, a business has reached what is known as the saturation point.

Reaching the Saturation Point

While some analysis and calculations can help determine where your saturation point will likely be, it is important to keep in mind that technology is evolving so rapidly that the situation could change dramatically before you reach that point. For example, applications that aren’t exactly good candidates for migration right now could find themselves jumping to the top of the list as the cloud changes.

Nevertheless, the saturation point will probably be reached by most businesses within the next five to ten years. It is crucial to make a business case outlining the benefits of migrating every single workload to the public cloud before proceeding. By justifying all of the moves you make to the cloud and being cognizant of the possibility of saturation, companies can avoid wasting time and money.

This blog post was based off of an article from Info World. View the original here.