In an earlier blog post I introduced a concept we here at Brennan IT call workload-based design.

It’s a methodology we use to help customers work out what applications they might be able to move into the cloud versus those that they should definitely keep on-premise.

We’ve already established in earlier blog posts that hybrid cloud is a great entry point to the cloud because it lets you start saving while preserving your security and peace-of-mind.

Workload-based design is an essential tool to help get your journey started.

Businesses have many different types of IT workloads, whether they be related to specific software applications, file and print, disaster recovery and so on.

Not all workloads perform best or deliver the best outcome when hosted on-premise, and the same can be said for those hosted in the cloud – not all applications are designed from the ground up to work in a large, multi-tenant cloud environment.

Workload-based design takes a customer’s workloads and uses logical arguments to work out where they will perform best.

We apply weighted averages to each workload and present this information in four quadrants and in a balanced scorecard-type diagram, making it easy to read and work out what workload might fit best where.

For example, we take into account factors such as whether cloud or on-premise will deliver an optimal experience for the end user, which option will have a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) over time, and whether an application will work and be stable in the cloud.

The diagram can also help you see how data will flow between on-premise and cloud-based systems, and what the relative cost of keeping a workload on-premise versus hosting it in the cloud would be.

I invite you to call Brennan IT today so we can see the value of the workload-based design process yourself – and how you can use it to decide where to begin your hybrid cloud journey.

This is the third blog post in our hybrid cloud series. Read the first and second blog posts here or call Brennan IT for more information.

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