One of the major fears we’ve heard from customers looking to take the plunge into deploying cloud-native solutions on-premises is whether doing so will double their operations costs.
Our answer is usually the same: it will if you don’t implement the solutions correctly.
Determining whether cloud-native makes sense
Before even beginning a discussion about implementing cloud-native solutions on-premises, it’s critical to map out your needs objectively. Some of the questions that should be answered include:
What are your latency requirements?
How much flexibility do you need?
What are your business and go-to-market models?
Considering all the costs involved
Only after these kinds of questions are answered should a company seriously begin thinking about a big step like cloud-native solutions on-premises.
Why? Because the costs of on-premises go beyond simple data center infrastructure expenses. There are operational, maintenance, power, and talent costs — a slew of expenses that can lead to sticker shock for a company.
Making the right decision for your organization
Implementing cloud-native solutions on-premises can bring very real benefits. But it’s not the right approach for every enterprise. As with any other major technical decision, it’s a decision that should not be taken lightly.
The key is to take a hard look at what you’re trying to accomplish and then chart out possible solutions. Assess your technical maturity and weigh the needed investment.
If you’ve done your homework and cloud-native on-premises is a good fit, then the next step is building out an architecture that is both cost-effective and practical. Not doing so, and not understanding your needs before investing in something like cloud-native applications, is where the real risks live.
For more on negating the risks around deploying cloud-native solutions, download our free eBook, Migrating Cloud-Native Tech Stacks On-Premises.
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