Federal agencies are moving to cloud computing for good reasons. However, many “lift and shift” their apps and infrastructure to the cloud, looking to take what works currently and drop it into the new environment. Then reality hits: unforeseen instabilities and even failure of mission-critical apps and services.
It is tough to fault organizations, under schedule and budget crunches, for taking a seemingly straight-line cloud migration approach. Even if the lift and shift is technically sound, it could still cost them more money in the long run. Why? Because without a true redesign, they are not fully harnessing cloud computing’s capabilities and benefits.
A solution based on a well-designed cloud architecture will always triumph over a lift-and-shift strategy. It goes to the root of solving an agency’s business, technical, security, and disaster recovery requirements.
By architecting a best-fit cloud-based environment, focused on those design pillars, a good system integrator ensures that the solution results in:
- Real operational efficiencies
- Performance enhancements
- Lower costs
- Greater security
- Enterprise resiliency
A lift and shift does not optimize apps for leveraging the operational advantages of cloud computing.