Cloud readiness: being positioned to exploit and understand the cloud applications and services that can benefit your business


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Despite the hype, few businesses are in a position to move their IT requirements wholesale to the cloud at any time soon. However, this does not mean that there are not benefits to be had from embracing such a services. Whether this is moving the use of certain utility applications over the specialist providers or boosting infrastructure requirements at peak times, cloud services make IT delivery more flexible and used judiciously can free IT staff from many mundane day-to-day tasks. However, there is another side to the use of cloud applications and services; whether IT departments like it not, users and lines-of-business will invoke cloud application for themselves and overlooking this can lead to a loss of control of corporate data. That said, wholesale blocking of certain user invoked applications is not pragmatic either, some of them are probably already embedded in business processes even if IT departments are not aware of this.

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Cloud readiness: being positioned to exploit and understand the cloud applications and services that can benefit your business

  1. 1. Cloud readiness Being positioned to exploit and understand the cloud applications and services that can benefit your businessBob TarzeyClive Longbottom,Analyst and Director, QuocircaService Director, Quocirca LtdOctober 19th, 2011 © 2011 Quocirca Ltd
  2. 2. What is the cloud? Traditional IT Infrastructure Platform Software (as a Service) (as a Service) (as a Service) You manage Applications Applications Applications Applications Data You manage Data Data Data Runtime Runtime Runtime Runtime Managed by vendor Middleware Middleware Middleware MiddlewareYou manage Managed by vendor O/S O/S O/S O/S Managed by vendor Virtualization Virtualization Virtualization Virtualization Servers Servers Servers Servers Storage Storage Storage Storage Networking Networking Networking NetworkingCourtesy of 2e2
  3. 3. Cloud based servicesSaaSPaaSIaaS
  4. 4. © 2011 Quocirca Ltd
  5. 5. Other “clouds”• Private clouds• Consumer cloud services (web 2.0)• G-Cloud
  6. 6. Public clouds, private clouds and hybrid cloudsPrivate infrastructure Public cloud infrastructure Server Server Server Cloud Server Hybrid service Server Server cloud provider Server Server Server Server Server Server Server Server Cloud Server Server service Server provider Server ServerPrivate Corporate cloud firewall
  7. 7. ~10% ~4%Total global IT spending 2011 = $1.5Ttn (Economist)
  8. 8. CIO view of cloud
  9. 9. ISACA - UK organisations cloud computing plans (April 2010) Mission critical IT services Only low risk IT services No plans for any IT services No formalised plans Not aware of any plans
  10. 10. Growth in use of cloud – source Nov 2009, GoldmanSachs IT Spending Survey
  11. 11. Thecommoditycloud Sell capacity Buy capacity (save 60%)
  12. 12. Do you allow employees to use their own devices toaccess data and certain applications?
  13. 13. Consumercloud services
  14. 14. A value proposition for the cloud Drive UP Value + environmental dividend Risk Cost Drive DriveDOWN DOWN
  15. 15. The business process triangle Value Risk
  16. 16. Percieved risk Security Integration Regulatory requirements Data backup/disaster Increasing recovery/business continuity concern Availability (approx) Cost Performance No customisable Bringing back in house Moving work loads
  17. 17. Cloud risk – IDC 2008 18
  18. 18. Savvis 2010 survey
  19. 19. Risk - 2 years of change – a rough guide
  20. 20. Who owns the risk?• Ultimately the security and compliance issues regarding your organisations data are your responsibility• Either, it should be clear that a cloud service provider is: 1. Providing an SLA that provides adequate cover 2. That the SLA is being adhered to• Or, your organisation must take the necessary measures itself
  21. 21. Don’t over look risk reduction• Access to enterprise class data centres• Better business continuity• Mundane aspects of IT outsourced to experienced 3rd parties
  22. 22. VALUE Collaboration Mobility Business processbenefits
  23. 23. Conclusion• The use of cloud based services is now widespread• The tide is flowing in one direction• There is growing acceptance of the “cloud” value proposition• The positive and negative aspects of risk need to be communicated• Laggards will lose competitive edge
  24. 24. Free Quocirca reports at www.quocirca.comDon’t forget the networkThe data sharing paradoxCarrying the can (BYOD)Next Generation Datacentres IndexCloud Computing - Taking IT to Task
  25. 25. Thank youAll Quocirca reports freely available at:http://www.quocirca.comBob
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