Just How Hard is it to Move from One Cloud Provider to Another?

My Post - 2019-11-26T175021.595.pngA cloud migration is easier than you might think, assuming that you gain a good understanding of your own apps and services and what each cloud provider offers.

It’s really not that hard! That said, this would be a very short blog if that was the only answer. Honestly, it does depend on a few things. I had the chance to work on several projects where cloud-to-cloud migrations and working with multiple cloud providers was the requirement. Before we go on, it’s important to note that the market is very much open to cloud migrations and working with multi-cloud ecosystems.

Consider this, 81% of public cloud users reported using two or more providers, according to a recent Gartner survey. Also according to Gartner, the top five Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers accounted for 77% of that global IaaS market.

“Most organizations adopt a multi-cloud strategy out of a desire to avoid vendor lock-in or to take advantage of best-of-breed solutions,” Gartner VP analyst Michael Warrilow says in a recent Smarter with Gartner post. “We expect that most large organizations will continue to willfully pursue this approach.”

State of the cloud market

The good news is that the vast majority of those working with cloud have a very good definition of what it does and where it works for their company. Basically, we don’t need to explain that cloud is just another data center, somewhere.

However, with that broad definition come some challenges around emerging complexities in working with and designing around cloud. Specifically, people may understand cloud in general, but they get stuck on certain cloud services and where they should be applied. My experience has taken me across all of the major cloud providers and I’ve seen where each can apply some extraordinary benefits.

For example, Oracle Gen2 Cloud is arguably one of the best out there for bare metal applications. Similarly, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is amazing in how it applies data-driven solutions for things like sentiment analysis, machine learning, and cognitive systems. Or, some love to leverage Azure for its deep integration with things like Power BI and other core Microsoft systems. The point is, each cloud can have its own benefits and you don’t have to be stuck on just one cloud vendor.

“But it’s easier to manage just one cloud, right?” Yes and no. Just because it might be slightly easier to manage a single cloud environment doesn’t mean you’re actually doing yourself any favors. In fact, you might be sacrificing quite a bit of a competitive advantage in using a single cloud over a mixture of multi-cloud services. – Read more

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