Optimizing Cloud Migration: Performance Lessons for the Enterprise

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Phase 1: Preparing for Your Journey to the Cloud Before you start your journey to the cloud, there are a few important mindset changes that you need to make in order to be able to take full advantage of the systems offered by cloud providers. The Nature of Cloud Geography Choosing a cloud provider is a difficult decision; it is a rapidly evolving industry with new offerings coming into the market on a weekly basis. There are obvious elements that should be considered when choosing a provider, such as reputation, services available, cost, and support. However, it is important that some consideration be given to the following aspects that have a major impact on Inter‐ net performance: Geographic distribution Cloud providers are global platforms and portray themselves as such. In reality, however, their services are delivered from fewer than 20 geographical locations, which tend to congregate around certain areas of the world. This, of course, is more than the range of locations offered by the majority of data centers, but it is important to understand where these locations are and how that relates to the service you are wanting to provide. Per‐ formance is an important element of this alongside other con‐ siderations such as data sovereignty, redundancy, etc. 5

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