Transcript of "Next Steps on the Journey to the Cloud"
Part the Clouds:Take Next Steps on the Journey Step One: Investigation Is your organization gathering information to determine ifAt Dell™, we believe and how to get started with cloud? If you are a data centerthat moving to a cloud manager, your executive team may have asked you toenvironment is not a find out more about cloud and bring them up to speed. If you are C-level executive, you may be wondering if cloudsingle decision. Instead computing might fit with your business strategy or solve ait is a process, a journey problem that is holding back your progress. You may just want to know what all the hoopla is about.if you will, with as manypossible paths as there are Dell offers a primer, Cloud 101 [link to doc], which explains the basic aspects of cloud andcompanies that embark defines terms that are frequently used.on the journey. At each If you need a more in-depth understanding of cloud computing, a shared learningstep on the road there are experience for the executive staff and IT team is a useful beginning. Why shared? Because moving to a cloud environment is a strategic decision that requires matching theimportant questions to ask business needs to the technological possibilities. The business brains and the tech brainsand critical decisions to need to start from the same set of information.be made. Which path you For qualified companies, Dell offers a free half-day workshop that will allow your teamtake will depend on the to explore the basics of cloud, along with the benefits, risks, and opportunities it offers.needs and goals of your We’ll also guide your team in an exploration of your company-specific problems and opportunities related to cloud.business, the expectationsof your customers, and the To find out if your company qualifies, contact your Dell representative.demands of your industry. Step Two: Experimentation Has your company investigated cloud computing andDell has identified three decided to test cloud computing with a pilot project? Manymajor steps in the journey, companies start with a pilot project in a public cloud, to help them explore the benefits without making a capitaland provides support for investment.customers at each step. For instance, you might use a public cloud to temporarily expand computing capacity during a seasonal rush. This lets you meet a short-term demand without adding servers that might sit idle when the rush is over. An example of this is a university that needs extra server power during registration. If your data center is running out of storage, you might use a public cloud for increased storage capacity. If you have enterprise applications that are accessed from many locations, migrating to a public cloud and using integration software can unify your applications and allow users access to the applications from any location. For example, a salesperson might need to access the CRM while on a trip away from the office. If the application is in a public