What Goldilocks can teach us about cloud migration

Do you have a cloud push underway? “Cloud push” is the term I use to describe enterprises that are quickly migrating to the cloud around an urgent need. Organizations engaged in a cloud push are moving hundreds of workloads to the cloud ASAP, not a few dozen over several years.

Examples of cloud pushes include:

  • Because you’re selling your datacenters, you need to get to the public cloud as fast as possible.
  • Your current systems aren’t secure¬†enough, so you’re moving to the cloud to fix your security at the same time.
  • IT costs too much, and your investors are not happy. The choices are a new IT staff or a move to the cloud. You chose the cloud.

You can easily create a business case for moving workloads to the cloud. The board, the CEO, and the CIO all get the value. The challenge is to figure out the right pace.

Companies may move too fast, and although you need to make mistakes to learn the best practices in your context, you can afford to make only so many of them in production environments. A rushed pace can cause more errors to occur.