Are you investigating moving applications and workloads to a cloud environment? Then you'll already know there are many different ways to go about it, and understanding it all can be a challenge. At Lenovo, we understand there is a different path to the cloud for every organization, which is why we've made it our business to maintain expertise across all types of cloud solutions. Our cloud infrastructure products and engineered solutions, and our Lenovo professional services can deliver every aspect of your cloud transformation project.
To help navigate the options, we're excited to share our cloud discovery tool. In just a few minutes, we'll take you through some key points to consider when developing a cloud strategy for your organization and ask you to rate how important each is for you. Based on your answers, we'll give you guidance on which approach might deliver a successful outcome.Let’s get started
Answer each of the following questions by dragging the slider in the direction that most captures your answer. If you need a little extra guidance, expand the “How do I answer this question?” section for some more context.
As you consider adopting a cloud approach to deliver IT-as-a-Service, how important are each of the following business or operational requirements?
There's more than one route to the right cloud for your organization. The direction you take will need to factor in different business and IT operational priorities.
There are many reasons to embark on a journey to the cloud, and you may even find that your business requires one or more cloud environments or operating models to address the diversity of challenges, which is why many ultimately follow a diversified cloud strategy.
Our organization has determined that large capital investments in IT operations no longer align with our strategy for sustainable growth and success. We are exploring cloud transformation to minimize our reliance upon on-premise infrastructure and operations.
My organization manages sensitive information and data. We must maintain control over where these workloads are processed, where the data resides, and who can access it.
My organization relies on alignment with software partners like VMware, Microsoft, or Nutanix. Our cloud implementation must continue to leverage these software investments.
My organization's success depends directly on our own, in-house IT innovation. We prefer customizable, open-source technologies rather than vendor-supported software.
My organization is supported by a variety of applications and services. Rather than consolidating the applications and mission-critical services on a single cloud platform, we intend to leverage multiple cloud platforms to address specific requirements.
My IT operations must support changes in my business activities. We must also be able to respond to unpredictable business cycles that demand rapid, seamless expansion or relocation of applications and services across different sources of cloud infrastructure.
Are you considering rebuilding custom applications to fit a cloud-native architecture?
Traditional business applications usually contain all the essential core software dependencies to perform their function, but cloud-native applications can offload data management and other processes to external services hosted and managed by the cloud service provider. These services are generally described as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings. While most traditional style applications can be successfully migrated to a cloud platform without modifying their architecture, organizations which have developed their own custom applications are now choosing to re-architect applications to leverage a cloud-native approach. It's called refactoring, and the amount of effort this takes for a core business application can be significant enough in some cases to have an impact on the whole organization's transformation strategy.
The ongoing investment to develop custom applications is vital to my business. We have determined that rebuilding those applications for a cloud-native implementation is critical.
Flexibility is crucial for our business, and architectural or technical lock-in to a particular cloud platform provider won't suit us. We need to maintain portability of any cloud platform services we use for our applications or operations.
When considering how a cloud model could enhance operating your business applications and workloads, how important are each of the following technical requirements?
Cloud computing is a transformative approach to IT operations and delivery, but that doesn't mean it's the best direction for every business or IT organization. While cloud adoption can reduce the burdens of traditional data center operations and deliver a more agile response to business IT demands, there can be trade-offs with fulfilling technical requirements, customizing applications and services, or maintaining specialized development and technology skills. These considerations will vary along different paths to cloud transformation and should be weighed in balance.
My business applications and workloads require the flexibility to pool, provision, and scale compute, networking, and storage capacity independently of each other.
My business applications and workloads require us to maintain unique IT processes to organize, control, and provision IT resources.
My business applications and workloads have diverse and specific infrastructure requirements. We must maintain control over the placement and performance tuning of the provisioned resources and services that support them.
My business must exert strict control over how we secure and isolate applications and workloads.
Cloud computing generally describes an IT operating model that delivers controlled, on-demand consumption of IT resources for multiple IT consumers. In a nutshell, cloud delivers IT as a service.
In a little more detail, cloud computing is an IT operational approach that enables an IT provider to flexibly pool resources such as computing, networking, and storage capacity. The resources can be isolated or shared by multiple consumers, business unit or departments, with measured service controls and end-to-end automation delivering provisioning on-demand and self-service resource management. IT consumers can access and control the infrastructure resources or managed services they need for their applications, without the complexities of traditional data center infrastructure and shortcutting manual IT administration. It also provides them the power to grow or shrink consumption as required.
While server virtualization and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendors provide technologies that can be used as foundational building blocks in a cloud platform, they lack the essential operating and consumption capabilities that truly deliver cloud agility.
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