By Mike Frycz, Cloud Operations and Services Lead, NetApp IT
As the cloud becomes an integral part of our IT operations, I have read a lot of articles about leveraging the public cloud as part of a data center strategy. What’s just as interesting, but less discussed, is the move from the public cloud into a private cloud in a data center.
In our case, moving apps between clouds is an integral part of our strategy to retain control of our data and make it available where it makes the most sense, both from a cost/efficiency and usage perspective. It’s a component in our broader Data Fabric journey that gives NetApp IT the flexibility it needs to excel at service delivery.
7 Lessons Learned in Cloud Migrations
As a cloud business analyst, I am responsible for moving applications from the public cloud, managed by a service provider, to the NetApp private cloud using our NetApp Private Storage for Cloud (NPS) solution. In the past 18 months, I have moved or decommissioned more than 100 applications, both small and large. We are migrating the apps from service-provider leased space to our private data center to both reduce overhead costs and utilize available data center space.
Here are a few things I learned during this process that are worth sharing with anyone facing any type of cloud migration:
The Data Fabric in Action
My project to move apps from the public to private cloud migration is part of a journey that is not possible without a Data Fabric that ensures we keep control of our data. We leverage NetApp Private Storage for Cloud to retain data control, avoid vendor lock-in, and dodge costly data migrations. NPS enables us to connect to and switch cloud providers at any time, whether it’s to move from a public cloud to a private cloud or vice versa. NPS also provides the high-throughput, direct connections to the cloud, the ability to rapidly scale our computer or run-time resources for peak workloads, and a common set of capabilities for managing data.
Operationalizing the cloud is a major challenge for any enterprise, including NetApp. But the secret to success lies in patience, flexibility, and processes that enable IT to use the cloud on its terms.
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