Logicalis US, an expert in the field of data center and cloud hosting services with nearly 3,500 employees worldwide, warns CIOs not to copy their IT issues to the cloud. The IT solutions provider states that an on-premise remediation of existing IT issues is one of the first steps along a successful IT journey to the cloud.
As companies establish cloud strategies, conducting a comprehensive assessment of their current IT environment coupled with the remediation of existing IT issues is one of the first and most important steps to take, according to Logicalis US.
“In most cases, a company’s cloud hosting environment will be a reflection of its on-premise environment,” said Kevin Gruneisen, Senior Director, Cloud and Data Center Solutions, Logicalis US. “If the organization’s on-premise environment is under- or over-utilized, its cloud environment will be as well. Simply moving an inefficient environment to the cloud will not by itself make it any more efficient. Performing remediation of systems identified as inefficient – both physical and virtual – while aligning each new project with the company’s long-term IT vision will help prevent companies from ending up in a technological dead-end that forces them to start over.”
Logicalis US has identified some key areas for remediation:
Virtualization – Research shows, a typical IT environment is only about 50 percent virtualized. When an organization plans to move its IT infrastructure to the cloud, the benefits of extending virtualization are well established but companies also need to rationalize the systems they have already virtualized.
Logicalis US states that it’s common to see organizations with 100 physical servers that have been transformed into 200 or more virtual servers. Because virtual machines have the same support, security and compliance issues that physical machines do, the cost of server sprawl can be significant.
Converged Storage – Rather than buying more storage than is needed “just to be sure,” as many IT departments do, CIOs who are moving to the cloud would need to carefully select a specific storage solution that meets the company’s current needs, yet leaves future options open.
Converged storage area networks (SANs) for virtual server farms, for example, allow IT pros to assign virtual storage and provide high availability with commands from the hypervisor environment the way they manage virtual servers. It’s important, however, to keep an eye on where storage is headed. Recent advancements in flash and direct-attached storage may soon provide services that were traditionally only supported through a SAN.