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For many firms migrating to the cloud is a highly expensive and daunting prospect. Let's consider the 'vast empty warehouse' analogy... When you sign up with a cloud provider your new account can feel very similar to walking into an empty warehouse with just one power socket in the corner. To create your data center you have to build everything from scratch. This includes cabinets, racks, network switches, meet-me cages, load balancers, firewalls, servers, storage, backups, DR and all the cabling that goes with it. But it doesn’t stop there, we also need to include security, IAM and billing – how could one forget billing? Yet in many cases your sponsors and stakeholders don’t understand the true gravity of the challenge. Achieving a successful cloud migration strategy can take a long time, a luxury which most firms don’t have anymore.