Cloud Adoption Framework for cost saving success

Cloud Adoption Framework for cost saving success

A Cloud Adoption Framework is a complicated topic and it depends on who you speak to about having and implementing one. Let’s be clear, the reason that organisations move to the cloud is not just around cost but also the agility that it brings. Is there cost savings to be had? The answer is yes, however organisations moving to the cloud need to understand that their operating model must change.  

There are some key discussions that we need to unpack to understand why organisations are moving back to their on-premises data centres. These can be broken down as follows; 

  1. The cloud provider did a very good selling job, but there was no Cloud Adoption Framework in place 
  1. Cost was a key factor in moving to the cloud. Organisations are “sold on the art of the possible” that is not always rooted in reality  
  1. Moving to the cloud is easy 

Cloud Adoption Framework 

Organisations moving to the cloud need to have a set of tools, guidance and narratives in place that will help shape their cloud usage, migration, business justification and people strategies to drive the organisational outcomes. The framework can essentially be broken down in the following; 

  • Define a cloud strategy 
  • Planning the move to cloud 
  • Getting ready to move the first workload 
  • Migrate the workload and transform operations 
  • Governance
  • Manage  

In short, it might seem complicated, but organisations moving to the cloud should have a Cloud Adoption Framework in place as it provides a simplified, end-to-end cloud adoption guidance to help drive desired business outcomes. Without this building block in place, organisations will not realise the value of the cloud and move systems back on premises. 

The cost of cloud services 

In the on-premises data centre world, we always hear the term “we have to keep the lights on”. From a cloud world, this changes dramatically as the term now being used is “keeping the lights off”.  

What does this really mean? 

The management of cloud costs has become a huge headache for many organisations. What is a real concern is that these organisations are often unaware of exactly how much money they are wasting by not implementing the core principles of cloud. 

Effective cost management (Cost Optimisation Plan) is one of the most significant benefits of a cloud environment. However, the management of these costs is still a monumental task, but it need not be. An effective Cloud Governance model is needed, and most cloud providers do have this available. It is a different way of working that needs to be implemented and adhered to. 

Moving to the cloud is and can be transformational, but with this transformation comes the challenge of cloud sprawl and associated costs. Cloud sprawl typically occurs when an organisation lacks visibility into or control over its cloud computing resources. 

A couple of ways to combat cloud sprawl and reducing costs could be: 

  • Purchasing Reserved Instances (RIs) and keeping them optimised 
  • Continuously identifying unused infrastructure 
  • Rightsizing underutilised infrastructure 
  • Turning off non-production environments when not in use 

Moving to the Cloud is easy 

In deciding to move to the cloud it needs to be both a business and technical decision. This needs to be a well-aligned blend of the two. Moving to the cloud is much more than just paying per-minute charges for actual usage. 

If the thought is to just move Virtual Machines to the cloud and save money, then some organisations are in for a very rude surprise. This way of moving to the cloud will be easy, but the realisation of cost saving will not materialise. This will in the end be the catalyst for organisations to move back to their on-premises data centres. 

It is important to understand the required business and technical result for moving to the cloud. Key to this is to assess what workloads should move and what should stay on premises.  

Many organisations view the move to the cloud as a way to reduce staff. This could end up being a double-edged sword. Think of it this way, a cloud architect might make moving to the cloud seem easy, but in reality a cloud architect needs to be and should be responsible for staying abreast of all if not most of the new cloud offerings that are planned or being rolled out. Cloud architects come at a cost.  

It is imperative to make sure that there is a Cloud Adoption Framework in place. Without it, moving to the cloud is easy, but staying in the cloud may not be possible as costs and cloud sprawl will force organisation back to on-premises data centres. 

In closing, the cloud can revolutionise business, but it is also noted that the cloud is not for all workloads or clients. Organisations need to have their digital roadmap clearly defined and communicated to get the maximum effect of cloud services. Planning the move to the cloud is a collaborative effort between business and technology that needs to focus on the outcomes. 

IT departments will now need to have an agile approach to support the business. This means that there is a difference in running cloud services versus on-premises services. Without making this switch, cloud will always be a pipe dream for some organisations.

Get in touch with us to develop and implement a cloud adoption framework with our experts for your business.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *