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Developing Your Cloud Strategy

Developing Your Cloud Strategy



Watch ReliaCloud and RedPath's presentation on the topic of "Developing Your Cloud Strategy". Cloud computing represents a major shift in the way that companies view infrastructure. The benefits of ...

Watch ReliaCloud and RedPath's presentation on the topic of "Developing Your Cloud Strategy". Cloud computing represents a major shift in the way that companies view infrastructure. The benefits of cloud computing are huge, but there are also some questions about security, location of data, and control that need to be addressed.

During this seminar, we will provide a quick introduction to cloud computing with a focus on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). We will cover the five items you need to consider when putting together your cloud roadmap, including:

•Introduction to IaaS
•Developing Your Cloud Strategy
•The IaaS Decision Process
•Public vs. Private Clouds
•Case Study



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  • Developing Your Cloud Strategy
    Presented by:
    • Jason Baker, CTO, VISI
    • James Smale, CEO, Redpath
    • Paul Selway, President, Redpath
  • Jason Baker, CTO, VISI
    Jason Baker has over 14 years of experience working with Internet and telecommunications organizations in Minnesota.
    Prior to VISI, he co-founded Digital North and was the technology leader within the organization.
    In his capacity as Director of Operations, Baker helped Digital North expand into multiple datacenters serving thousands of customers. 
    Prior to Digital North, Baker was a key technology driver at iPares, a multinational dot-com consultancy. Baker managed the profitable Application Hosting division within the organization.
    Early in his career he joined incNET, a startup Internet Service Provider located in Eden Prairie. As Chief Engineer he guided the organization during a time when the Internet was first becoming a useful business tool.
    Jason Baker
  • James Smale, CEO, Redpath
    James brings to Redpath Consulting Group over 20 years of experience in business and the IT consulting industry
    His extensive background and career progression through the roles Sr. Technical Analyst, Technology Director, Business Entrepreneur and Principal Partner began from a solid foundation as a Infrastructure Engineer.
    His experience was gained from numerous management roles and consulting engagements for clients in both Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America; focused on software manufacturing, airline operations, advertising, agriculture & manufacturing, and health care industries.
    James also has extensive experience in operational support leadership, process improvement, strategic organization planning and enterprise architecture planning.
    James Smale
  • Paul Selway, President, Redpath
    Paul brings to Redpath Consulting Group over 25 years of experience in the consulting industry.
    His extensive background and career progression through the roles Quality Management Consultant, Managing Consultant, Technology Director, and Principal Partner began from a solid foundation as a Software Engineer.
    His experience was gained from numerous management consulting engagements for clients in both Europe and North America; focused on the healthcar, financial, banking, brokerage, and capital markets industry
    Paul has an Electronics Degree, B.S.C Honors Computer Science Degree and an International MBA from Henley Management College.
    Paul Selway
  • About ReliaCloud
    ReliaCloud, a product of VISI, is an enterprise-class cloud designed for businesses and that need dynamic infrastructure.
    Based in Minneapolis/St. Paul region
    2 data center locations (SAS 70 Type II)
    10+ years in data center business
    24x7x365 live support
    Data Center 1: St. Paul, MN
  • About Redpath
    Our mission is to help our customers leverage enterprise class cloud computing technology. We will help you develop your cloud computing strategy, technology roadmaps, business value propositions and cost benefit analysis, ensuring it is targeted at reducing IT costs and driving revenue. Our experienced consulting team believe that you, the customer, know your business better than anyone, and we know where cloud computing can enable your business.
    We are recognized partners with leading International and Local cloud vendors (Salesforce.com, Google, ReliaCloud). Let us show you how you can leverage the cloud.
  • Agenda
    Introduction to the Cloud
    Why the Cloud
    Use Cases
    Developing your Cloud Strategy
    The IaaS Decision Process
  • Types of Cloud Computing Services
    Amazon EC2
    Rackspace Cloud Server
    Google App Engine
    Microsoft Azure
    Google Apps
  • IaaS - Public Cloud
    Automatic Upgrades
    5 Times Faster
    Half the Cost
    IDC White Paper sponsored by Salesforce.com: “Force.com Cloud Platform Drives Huge Time to Market and Cost Savings”, Doc # 219965, September, 2009
  • IaaS - Private Cloud
  • What’s Driving Cloud Adoption?
    Cost savings, economic uncertainty, and the CFO
    Accelerated time to delivery
    Security and regulatory requirements
    Elastic resources
    Pay for what you use
  • The Cloud Delivers Fast Time to Value
    Cloud Computing
    Automated Upgrades
    Large Operating Expenses
    Cloud Computing Value
    No Capital Expenses
    Upgrade Expense
    Large Capital Expense & High Risk
    Average 51% ROI
    within 12 Months2
    53% of software projects cost
    189% of original estimate1
    1 Standish Group, Chaos Report 2006
    2 Third-Party CustomerSat Research on 3,500 Salesforce.com customers, December 2008
  • Business Challenges Are Changing
    Information overload
    • Volume of information is increasing radically
    • Sort, file, and find is a broken paradigm
    Collaboration is central
    • Work with global, distributed teams
    • Connect with external partners
    Access anywhere
    • Proliferation of smart phones
    • Struggles with VPNs
  • The Cloud Delivers Lower TCO
    On Premises = Hidden Costs
    Cloud Computing: 46% Lower TCO1
    Dedicated Staff
    No Upfront License Fees
    No Hardware Infrastructure
    Lower Implementation Costs
    Free Upgrades
    No Ongoing Maintenance Fees
    1Source: Yankee Group: Hosted vs. Premise based Sales Solutions: TCO and Trade Offs
  • Use Cases
    Cyclical Demand – Retail Web Site
    Elastic and near instant scalability
    Just in time capacity
    Supports any business size
    Test and Development Environments
    Spin up or down when project needs
    Rapid enablement
    No capital costs (expensed for usage)
    Rapid provisioning
    No hardware procurement
    Provisioning virtual servers in minutes (not weeks/months)
    Self service via web portal
    Rapid decommissioning
  • Creating a Cloud Strategy
    7. Select and Implement Strategies
    6. Perform Cost Benefit Value Analysis
    5. Build Strategic Options (cloud opportunities)
    4. Build Preferred Future State Vision
    3. Understand Infrastructure
    2. Understand Application Portfolio
    1. Assess Current State Business Architecture
  • IaaS Considerations
    Where can I Integrate IaaS into my Infrastructure strategy?
    How does IaaS address my shared service model?
    IaaS and hardware / OS life cycle management?
    Server provisioning process?
    Private versus public cloud?
  • Redpath / ReliaCloud - Your Partners to the Cloud
    Customers are here:
    Companies invested here:
    Data Center
    Community Sites
  • Promo
    Free ½ Day Cloud Strategy Mini-Assessment - Redpath
    Redpath Consulting Group will provide two experienced cloud strategy
    consultants for ½ day to work with your business and IT team to perform an
    assessment of your current state and identify a cloud computing opportunity.
    Free Cloud Server for Mini-Assessment - ReliaCloud
    ReliaCloud will provide a $200.00 credit towards creating a cloud server or
    utilizing cloud storage for you to try one of your apps in the cloud.
  • Thank You
    Return your survey and receive a copy of The Big Switch" by Nicholas Carr.