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Does Portability Matter in the Cloud?

Posted On: May 26, 2016

Topic: Cloud & Hosting Solutions

Why does Portability Matter_Blog.jpg Cloud portability was next to impossible just a few years ago. Today, open standards and non-proprietary protocols have made it possible to transfer applications and data from one cloud environment to another. But, is it realistic to move your entire cloud infrastructure? The fact is, the ability to port data and applications from one cloud environment to another is a natural progression as organizations seek to build an infrastructure around the right cloud, for the right app, at the right time.

In a survey by 451 Research, 74% of respondents said the cloud would be their primary deployment method for workloads over the next two years – with the majority planning to use a private cloud (47%), followed by public (19%) and then hybrid (9%). The ability to move workloads as new requirements arise will be critical for organizations to remain competitive, foster innovation and increase profitability.

In addition, the way we consume data in our society and in our workplace will further drive the demand for portability in the cloud.  With increasing numbers of employees bringing their own devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones into the workplace, the need for portability within the cloud infrastructure takes on an even higher priority. Most IT organizations simply cannot keep up with the demand, making the cloud solution provider the sole “owner” of their mobile security and portability challenges.

4 Key Requirements for Portability in a Cloud Solution Provider

As you deliberate your cloud solution provider criteria, be sure to consider the following:

  • Interoperability with disparate systems. Different cloud solutions reside on different platform architectures, and it is imperative that these systems are able to interact with one another. If they don’t talk, the portability of data between systems is in jeopardy.
  • With government mandated regulations and compliance standards, in addition to privacy and security safeguards, the cloud you migrate to must have the ability to seamlessly encrypt data going in and out of the cloud.
  • Managed services. To ease your organization’s IT challenges, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are experienced with multiple cloud environments. They understand cloud application needs and will help you do a thorough assessment and plan ahead in order to provide a smooth transition from one cloud to another.
  • Exit strategy. Understand where your data is stored and how it is stored. If you have documented how your data is handled, true portability is easier to achieve.

The associated cost of migrating from one cloud infrastructure to another will depend upon the cloud infrastructures themselves, as well as the way the data and workflows are configured.  Cloud portability is a topic we will see much more of in the near future as organizations continue to migrate from on premises to private, to public, to hybrid clouds.

Portability and ReliaCloud – The OneNeck Difference

OneNeck’s ReliaCloud-certified cloud infrastructure is built on industry-standard VMware and ensures that your data won’t be held hostage by the cloud. By leveraging operational and transition talent, OneNeck can easily migrate to and from several operating platforms including physical servers, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware and Oracle Virtualization (OVM). OneNeck ensures that your intellectual property remains yours so that you have peace of mind no matter what the future brings, never losing sight that you have The Right App, on The Right Cloud, at the Right Time.