Not long ago, server virtualization changed the face of corporate IT. The
technology unleashed efficiencies and capabilities not possible when
applications and data were constrained by physical hardware. Now,
many companies are now moving their virtualized computing
environment to the public cloud, reducing the burden, expense, and risk
of maintaining an on-premises-only environment.
Running services in the cloud can lower maintenance costs and provide
the ability to scale on demand as well as robust disaster recovery
services. But how to get started? Without a strong plan, risks can include
a complex and time-consuming migration process compounded by lack
of relevant skills, loss of control from moving computer resources off-
premises, bandwidth issues, and unexpected costs.