February 7th, 2023

Cloud computing has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it offers numerous benefits to organizations such as facility cost savings, scalability, and improved security. However, before making the switch to the cloud, it is important for companies to carefully consider the placement of their workloads, as not every application is suited for the cloud, and some may require a different solution.

One of the primary reasons to engage an expert when migrating to the cloud is to ensure the proper placement of workloads. An expert in cloud computing can assess a company’s current infrastructure, applications, and requirements, and determine the best solution for each workload. This includes determining which applications are well suited for the cloud, and which may need to remain on-premises or be moved to a different solution, such as edge computing.

One important factor to consider when placing workloads in the cloud is the proximity of the application to end users. Applications that require low latency, high bandwidth, or real-time responsiveness, such as video conferencing or online gaming, may not be well suited for the cloud. These types of applications often require the processing power and network connectivity of a local data center, or edge computing solution, in order to deliver the necessary performance.

Another factor to consider is the specific requirements of each application. Some applications may require specialized hardware, such as GPUs or FPGAs, that may not be readily available in the cloud. Other applications may have specific security or regulatory requirements that need to be met, which may not be possible in a public cloud environment.

Finally, companies should also consider the cost of migrating to the cloud, and the ongoing costs of running their workloads in the cloud. While the cloud can offer significant cost savings in many cases, it is important to understand the costs of each workload, including any licensing, data storage, and network fees, as well as any additional hardware or software costs.

In conclusion, migrating to the cloud can bring many benefits to organizations, but it is important to carefully consider the placement of workloads. Engaging an expert in cloud computing can help companies make informed decisions about the best solution for each workload and ensure a smooth and successful migration to the cloud. By considering factors such as proximity to end users, application requirements, and cost, companies can ensure they are making the most of their investment in cloud computing.

Altus Technologies Corporation can help you with your strategy by performing a Workload Placement study or a Data Center Roadmap.