usiness Team Meeting Discussion Working Concept

Simplifying Cloud Architecting Decisions – A Quick Start Guide

We hear a disharmonious choir / cacophony of advisory voices regarding moving IT services onto various types of Cloud. Because each business has unique needs and points of view, we outline here a “Quick Start” guide to make those choices clearer, simpler and better.

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We categorize all businesses by their size and nature into three large groups: small, medium/large and very large. We add two more factors and provide advisory guidance. Expected business life is important, as only few businesses will live for centuries. Some businesses have their lifetimes measured in decades, but the majority of businesses cease operation in less than 10 years. An additional consideration is a judgement about the value of business data. If the business data is NOT security or safety critical, not worthy for data exchange, or a target of thieves and criminals, then the data has low commercial value.

Below, we illustrate three conceptual cloud architecture set-ups/patterns as guidance for your architecting choice.

If yours is a small business and has relatively low-value business data collection and you expect your business to last less than decade, you can safely go to a public cloud.

If yours is an established medium/large business with an expected market lifetime measured in decades, serving many customers and having gathered petabytes of business data, a hybrid cloud solution is probably your best choice.

Finally, if yours is a very big, long living “mastodon”, with a global reputation and expecting to stay in business for decades and possibly centuries, then private cloud is your best choice, as you will stay in full control and remain able to master market domination.  Such cases are rare and few, but investments are equally big.

So, after you have spent 3-5 minutes to read this and you feel that you are now more confident of your strategic architecting choices, this is time very well spent. Good Luck!

Kemal A. Delic

Author: Kemal A. Delic

Kemal A Delic is a senior technologist with DXC Technology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at PMF University in Grenoble, Advisor to the European Commission FET 2007-2013 Programme and Expert Evaluator for Horizon 2020. He can be found on Twitter @OneDelic.

Tony Tolleson

Author: Tony Tolleson

Tony is an Account Chief Technologist and a former Leader of HPE’s Architecture Profession Office. Tony remains a frequent HPE architecture methodology instructor and an occasional speaker in the HPE Architecture community. He can be found at [email protected]