A Decision-Based Approach to Successful Cloud Migration
About the Book
Surely you're going to the cloud or are already part-way there. But do you have a clear strategy, one that makes meaningful decisions, those that imply conscious trade-offs? How do you connect business outcomes with technology choices that involve several hundred available services and endless configuration options?
This book is the result of developing cloud strategies for major clients. Most available books were either extremely high-level or got lost in product details, so I wrote one that helps you develop a cloud strategy that is supported by decision models as opposed to empty buzzwords.
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A Decision-based Approach to Cloud Strategy
A strategy isn't something you can copy-paste from a recipe book or from another organization. Diverse starting points, objectives, and constraints imply different choices and trade-offs. In addition, a cloud strategy doesn't just consider technical change but also includes close alignment across business, organization, and technology. This book questions existing assumptions ("Running software you didn't build is a bad deal") and presents technology-neutral decision models ("8 ways to slice the hybrid cloud") ideally suited to defining and communicating a well-thought-out migration journey.
Based on the author's extensive experience taking large organizations to the cloud, 32 Chapters highlight options, decisions, and trade-offs - the core elements of any strategy. These mental models come to life in real-life anecdotes and examples:
- Part 1: Understanding the Cloud - Cloud is very different from traditional IT procurement, so you'll have to rethink the way your IT works.
- Part 2: Organizing for the Cloud - Cloud impacts more than your tech landscape.
- Part 3: Moving to the Cloud - There are many ways to the cloud; please choose wisely.
- Part 4: Architecting the Cloud - Look beyond products and buzzwords for rational decision models.
- Part 5: Building for the Cloud - Applications running on the cloud need to do their part, also.
- Part 6: Embracing the Cloud - To reap the full benefits of cloud, you need to keep moving.
This is the guide that you're going to want to have by your side for your cloud journey.
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Jean-Francois Landreau is leading the infrastructure team at Allianz Direct, the new brand for the direct insurance business of Allianz.
When the excitement moved from the development toward the operations with the emergence of the SRE and devops trend, he followed the same path.
He is a strong believer that you can't take enlightened enterprise decisions if you are too far away from the machine room.
Michele Danieli is the Head of Architecture Practice at Allianz Technology Global Lines & North America Customer Solution Group. He leads globally distributed architecture teams building platforms.
He started his career in the engine room and sees architecture and engineers as best friends. A good diagram and a mind map are essential tools and code is not a foe. Traveling the elevator is building bold visions with pragmatic targets as nothing beats running code; but stable and scalable running code is always better.
Tahir Hashmi has developed large-scale distributed applications at internet businesses serving more than 100 million users, like Flipkart, Zynga, Yahoo, and most recently, Tokopedia, where he now leads the technology strategy as vice president and technical fellow. His mission is to make distributed cloud computing as simple as writing a program on the laptop.
- About This Book
Part I: Understanding the Cloud
- 1 Cloud Isn’t IT Procurement; It’s a Lifestyle Change
- 2 Cloud Thinks in the First Derivative
- 3 Wishful Thinking Isn’t a Strategy
- 4 Principles Connect Strategy and Decisions
- 5 If You Don’t Know How to Drive…
Part II: Organizing for the Cloud
- 6 Cloud Is Outsourcing
- 7 The Cloud Turns Your Organization Sideways
- 8 Retain / Re-Skill / Replace / Retire
- 9 Don’t Hire a Digital Hitman
- 10 Enterprise Architecture in the Cloud
Part III: Moving to the Cloud
- 11 Why Exactly Are You Going to the Cloud, Again?
- 12 No One Wants a Server
- 13 Don’t Run Software You Didn’t Build
- 14 Don’t Build an Enterprise Non-Cloud!
- 15 Cloud Migration: How Not to Get Lost
- 16 Cloud Migration per Pythagoras
- 17 Value Is the Only Real Progress
Part IV: Architecting the Cloud
- 18 Multicloud: You’ve Got Options
- 19 Hybrid Cloud: Slicing the Elephant
- 20 The Cloud—Now on Your Premises
- 21 Don’t Get Locked Up Into Avoiding Lock-In
- 22 The End of Multitenancy?
- 23 The New “ility”: Disposability
Part V: Building (for) the Cloud
- 24 The Application-Centric Cloud
- 25 What Do Containers Contain?
- 26 Serverless = Worry Less?
- 27 Keep Your FROSST
- 28 Keep Calm And Operate On
Part VI: Embracing the Cloud
- 29 Cloud Savings Have to Be Earned
- 30 It’s Time to Increase Your “Run” Budget
- 31 Automation Isn’t About Efficiency
- 32 Beware the Supermarket Effect!
- Author Biography
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