Cloud has emerged as one of the most significant factors for digital transformation in the history of computing. And trends suggest clouds will continue to be at the forefront of enabling leading global organizations to unleash cost-effective innovation and deliver uninterrupted seamless end-user experiences. However, contrary to the public cloud emerging as the most in-demand cloud deployment type, organizations are migrating their workloads and applications running on public clouds to private clouds. Numerous factors are driving this transition. Let’s take a closer look at them:
The expenses related to public clouds are not decreasing at the rates they were initially. While it was once considered that the economies of scale will enable public cloud service providers such as AWS, GCP, Oracle, and Azure to operate on margins lower than private cloud solutions, the projection has changed.
As hyperscalers continue to strongly emphasize profits, organizations with workloads on public clouds are paying more or equal to the cost of private cloud solutions. Coupled with the lack of energy resources in the market and rising inflation, public clouds are increasingly becoming expensive to maintain and operate. The problem is further aggravated by the hidden costs associated with the additional services that most organizations use. A study from Andreessen Horowitz revealed that organizations are ending up spending 20% more on public cloud infrastructure than expected.
Lack of Performance Optimization
With competition intensifying, markets evolving, and customers switching services and brands when faced with minor inconveniences, high performance has become a norm to survive and thrive in any industry. While the public cloud can help you get the required infrastructure, optimizing at cost-effective rates is becoming a challenge. And the recent untimely outages of public cloud infrastructures have clouted the otherwise reliable image of the public cloud and have forced organizations to think about moving to private cloud infrastructures.
Public cloud service and infrastructure providers invested billions of dollars in creating a cost-effective ecosystem that can enable them to process and run numerous activities and petabyte-scale effectively. But the ecosystems have become restrictive for businesses that have been forced to sign multi-year contracts with vendors based on hyperscaler-specific networks. This has led to a significant increase in the expenses businesses are incurring to leverage services across their public multi-cloud environments.
Data Control and Security
Recent sophisticated attacks on public clouds have caused sensitive customer information ends up in the hands of notorious hackers and raised the question of the impenetrability of the public cloud. With data becoming an increasingly important resource to control and leverage, organizations want more control over it than ever. A private cloud solves both challenges by giving businesses the ability to gain greater control of their data and keep it secure from harm’s length.
A private cloud helps you seamlessly navigate these challenges to give you greater control and transparency of operations while empowering you with a platform to drive accelerated innovation. However, migrating from the public to a private cloud can be challenging. With the process involving numerous moving parts, migrating from the public to a private cloud requires you to navigate certain challenges to ensure your business continuity, data, and performance aren’t adversely impacted.
Challenges of Migrating from Public to Private Clouds
Lack of Effective Strategy
A lack of end-to-end strategy can leave you with extended timelines, costs, and highly vulnerable operations. With the process involving mapping multiple application dependencies and data linkages to the new private cloud infrastructure, businesses should focus on creating end-to-end strategies to ensure there is no missing link in the migration. A lack of expertise and in-depth understanding of the two cloud deployment models, however, can make developing a cloud migration strategy a big hurdle.
Infrastructure Setup and Configuration of the Private Cloud
Identifying, setting up, and configuring the private cloud infrastructure is crucial to ensuring that your business operations meet and exceed the set industry performance benchmarks. With numerous options available to choose from, you can easily find yourself spending your productive time comparing products. Additionally, any wrong decisions made in the process can disrupt your operations and adversely impact the end-user experiences.
Optimizing private cloud infrastructure and networks is a crucial step in ensuring the success of the migration from the public cloud. Additionally, it is necessary to ensure that all the interfaces, data, and systems are connected and streamlined to work as a cohesive and high-performance unit. Any slippages in the process can leave you with disconnected siloes that hamper your innovation, make operations complex, impact your team’s collaboration, and leave you to manage high latency networks.
Maintaining airtight security standards has become essential for enterprises of all natures and sizes across industries. For certain businesses operating in highly-regulated industries, meeting data security and compliance is a mandate for ensuring business continuity, strengthening credibility, and avoiding fines. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure the effective hardening of networks and testing of security vulnerabilities to cover all bases. To effectively navigate this challenge, you should have seasoned network security, database administrators, and ITOps personnel on your team.
A lack of proper planning, backup, and disaster recovery can lead to an expensive operation timeline that can hurt your bottom line. To ensure your migration does not leave you with reduced business resiliency, you should create effective plans to empower your operations with the agility to stand firm against outages. Additionally, you should also focus on creating an effective blueprint to ensure your business operations keep running as usual when migration is in progress.
Without the right expertise, experience, and tools, your migration can easily exceed your investments and timeline estimates. It is ideal to ensure that you have strong metrics tracking in place to ensure you meet your costing estimates for the migration and beyond it. Any errors in the process can mean your migration to the private cloud infrastructure will cost you more and leave you with more bills to foot.
CloudHost: The Cloud Migration Specialist
Born in the cloud, CloudHost is a leader in providing end-to-end cloud migration, hosting, and consulting solutions. We combine people, processes, and technology to bring you the right mix of expertise, experience, and innovation to empower you to meet your cloud transformation goals and evolving business objectives.
Here’s what helps us stand apart:
A Continuously Upskilling Team of Experts
Our team comprises solution architects, cloud specialists, ITOps, security, and migration specialists that help you at each step of the transformation process. Combining our vast experience of driving complex public to private cloud migrations, we bring you proven and tested methodologies that are tailored to your current and future business requirements from the ubiquitous and flexible platform.
CloudHost’s expansive portfolio encompasses everything from security, performance optimization, data recovery, backup, and infrastructure solutions. All our innovative solutions are designed to help you manage the cloud seamlessly and cost-effectively while focusing on bringing about value-driven disruption in your space and driving customer satisfaction with each experience you deliver.
Managed Private Cloud Services
To simplify managing the private cloud while optimizing it for performance, cost-effectiveness, security, and availability, CloudHost brings you managed private cloud services. Equipped with features such as auto-scaling, software-defined networks, content delivery networks, high-performance infrastructure, and industry-leading security, our services let you wholeheartedly focus on scaling your business while we handle managing your day-to-day cloud operations.
Interested in future-proofing your cloud operations? Contact us to set up a no-obligation consultation and learn how we can help you bring your vision of private cloud operations to reality.