How Moving to the Cloud is like Surviving a Zombie Attack

Zombie Cloud

They’re more similar than you think…

There are rarely times that I am taken completely off-guard, but a very interesting infographic that compared moving to the cloud with being attacked by zombies certainly made me do a double take.

What do they both have in common?

Well actually, zombies and the cloud are quite similar because they both involve preparing for a potential disaster (and people will pretty much read anything that has to do with Zombies). The reason for creating such a catchy infographic is to explain that, if you plan well enough, you can be prepared for any type of disaster, whether it’s a natural disaster that takes your data center down or a horror movie that’s come to life.

So… will you be ready if disaster strikes?

Keep these seven steps in mind when preparing for a Cloud migration or a zombie holocaust:

7 Ways Moving to the Cloud is Like Surviving a Zombie Attack

1. Strategy

As the infographic explains, moving to the cloud doesn’t involve just IT or one part of the company, it requires company-wide participation to make sure that it is done successfully. Your strategy is the foundation of moving your company to the cloud and you will want to make sure your have all key stakeholders involved.

The same thing applies to surviving the zombie apocalypse, you need to make sure your entire survival party is on the same page regarding your survival strategy, because if everyone has a different strategy the likelihood of survival drops dramatically.

2. Readiness

Before you make the move to the cloud, you need to take a long hard look at the current process, architecture, technology, and governance at your company to determine if it is the right time for you to make this move. This can often be an overwhelming amount of information, but reaching out to a hosting provider (such as can help you organize the information and determine how your company should proceed.

The ones who are prepared are the ones who survive when it comes to a zombie attack. Just like you need to have everything in place before moving to the cloud, you also want to have all your survival gear (i.e. food, water, medical supplies, and defenses) at the ready in the event that the walking dead is no longer just a TV show.

3.  Roadmap

Frequently companies don’t, or shouldn’t, move everything to the cloud or to one single cloud. Instead, they often choose a hybrid solution where they mix on-premises solutions with the cloud or mix multiple cloud solutions. In addition, a phased approach to moving to the cloud is often adopted. To figure out how your move will take place, you need to create a Roadmap that identifies what systems and services to migrate and the priority of each step.

It is not the best idea to “wing” your escape from a zombie-ridden city. So just like you created a Roadmap for your move to the cloud, you will also want to make a detailed step-by-step plan that will have the greatest probability of getting your group out safely.

4.  Migration

Moving day has arrived! After lots of planning, it is now time to move to the cloud.

You can’t stay in the same place for long during the zombie apocalypse, so when the time comes and your plans are ready, you’re prepared to move to the next safe location.

5.  Optimization

Once you are in the cloud, it doesn’t mean the work is over. In reality, it is important to optimize your cloud environment to the fullest so that your company reaps the full benefits, including improved performance and achieving faster ROI.

If the situation arises, and you come face-to-face with one of the walking dead, it may be time to “optimize” your survival plan (if you know what I mean).

6.  Operations

The time has come to start using the cloud for important business applications and services for your company’s operations!

To survive the zombie apocalypse, it’s all about staying alert and proactively managing day-to-day operations.

7.  Continuity

You have worked long and hard to create the ideal cloud environment for your company – you’ve optimized it to get the most value, you’re seeing a tangible ROI, and now you need to make sure nothing happens to it. The final step of moving to the cloud is creating disaster recovery and business continuity plans that will keep your company safe and help you sleep soundly at night.

To continue to survive, make sure to have back-up plans in place in case your safe haven is discovered and you need to ensure the safety of your group.

RESOURCE: Here is the infographic that inspired this post: How Moving to the Cloud is Similar to Surviving a Zombie Attack.

2014-02-28T08:30:31+00:00 February 28th, 2014|

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