Developing Your Cloud Strategy


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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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  • Jim / PaulAssess your current state business architectureDetermine what applications enable which business architecture domainsMap out the supporting infrastructure for these applicationsDocument preferred business architectureGenerate strategic options (look for cloud opportunities)Perform a cost benefit analysis (CBA)Select and implement best strategies
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  • Developing Your Cloud Strategy

    1. 1. Developing Your Cloud Strategy<br />Presented by:<br /><ul><li>Jason Baker, CTO, VISI
    2. 2. James Smale, CEO, Redpath
    3. 3. Paul Selway, President, Redpath</li></li></ul><li>Jason Baker, CTO, VISI<br />Jason Baker has over 14 years of experience working with Internet and telecommunications organizations in Minnesota. <br />Prior to VISI, he co-founded Digital North and was the technology leader within the organization.<br />In his capacity as Director of Operations, Baker helped Digital North expand into multiple datacenters serving thousands of customers. <br />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. <br />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.<br />Jason Baker<br />CTO<br />
    4. 4. James Smale, CEO, Redpath<br />James brings to Redpath Consulting Group over 20 years of experience in business and the IT consulting industry<br />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.<br />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.<br />James also has extensive experience in operational support leadership, process improvement, strategic organization planning and enterprise architecture planning.<br />James Smale<br />CEO<br />
    5. 5. Paul Selway, President, Redpath<br />Paul brings to Redpath Consulting Group over 25 years of experience in the consulting industry.<br />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.<br />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<br />Paul has an Electronics Degree, B.S.C Honors Computer Science Degree and an International MBA from Henley Management College.<br />Paul Selway<br />President<br />
    6. 6. About ReliaCloud<br />ReliaCloud, a product of VISI, is an enterprise-class cloud designed for businesses and that need dynamic infrastructure.<br /> Based in Minneapolis/St. Paul region<br /> 2 data center locations (SAS 70 Type II)<br /> 10+ years in data center business<br /> 24x7x365 live support<br /><br /><br />Data Center 1: St. Paul, MN<br />
    7. 7. About Redpath<br />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.<br />We are recognized partners with leading International and Local cloud vendors (, Google, ReliaCloud). Let us show you how you can leverage the cloud.<br /><br />
    8. 8. Agenda<br />Introduction to the Cloud<br />Why the Cloud <br />Use Cases<br />Developing your Cloud Strategy<br />The IaaS Decision Process<br />
    9. 9. Types of Cloud Computing Services<br />ReliaCloud<br />Amazon EC2<br />Rackspace Cloud Server<br />Google App Engine<br />Microsoft Azure<br /><br />Google Apps<br /><br />Intuit<br />
    10. 10. IaaS - Public Cloud<br />Multi-tenant<br />Automatic Upgrades<br />Pay-as-you-go<br />Elastic<br />5 Times Faster<br />Half the Cost<br />IDC White Paper sponsored by “ Cloud Platform Drives Huge Time to Market and Cost Savings”, Doc # 219965, September, 2009<br />
    11. 11. IaaS - Private Cloud<br />
    12. 12. What’s Driving Cloud Adoption?<br />Cost savings, economic uncertainty, and the CFO<br />Accelerated time to delivery<br />Security and regulatory requirements<br />Elastic resources<br />Scalability<br />Pay for what you use<br />
    13. 13. The Cloud Delivers Fast Time to Value<br />Cloud Computing<br />Software<br />Automated Upgrades<br />Large Operating Expenses<br />Cloud Computing Value<br />Value<br />Value<br />Time<br />No Capital Expenses<br />Upgrade Expense<br />Large Capital Expense & High Risk<br />Average 51% ROI <br />within 12 Months2<br />53% of software projects cost <br />189% of original estimate1<br />1 Standish Group, Chaos Report 2006<br />2 Third-Party CustomerSat Research on 3,500 customers, December 2008<br />
    14. 14. Business Challenges Are Changing<br />Information overload<br /><ul><li>Volume of information is increasing radically
    15. 15. Sort, file, and find is a broken paradigm</li></ul>Collaboration is central<br /><ul><li>Work with global, distributed teams
    16. 16. Connect with external partners</li></ul>Access anywhere<br /><ul><li>Proliferation of smart phones
    17. 17. Struggles with VPNs</li></li></ul><li>The Cloud Delivers Lower TCO<br />On Premises = Hidden Costs<br />Cloud Computing: 46% Lower TCO1<br />Licenses<br /> Hardware<br /> Consultants<br /> Infrastructure<br /> Dedicated Staff<br /> Upgrades<br />No Upfront License Fees<br />No Hardware Infrastructure<br />Lower Implementation Costs<br />Free Upgrades<br />No Ongoing Maintenance Fees<br />Predictable<br />1Source: Yankee Group: Hosted vs. Premise based Sales Solutions: TCO and Trade Offs<br />
    18. 18. Use Cases<br />Cyclical Demand – Retail Web Site<br />Elastic and near instant scalability<br />Just in time capacity<br />Supports any business size<br />Test and Development Environments<br />Spin up or down when project needs<br />Rapid enablement<br />No capital costs (expensed for usage)<br />Rapid provisioning<br />No hardware procurement<br />Provisioning virtual servers in minutes (not weeks/months)<br />Self service via web portal<br />Secure<br />Rapid decommissioning<br />
    19. 19. Creating a Cloud Strategy<br />7. Select and Implement Strategies<br />6. Perform Cost Benefit Value Analysis<br />5. Build Strategic Options (cloud opportunities)<br />4. Build Preferred Future State Vision<br />3. Understand Infrastructure<br />2. Understand Application Portfolio <br />1. Assess Current State Business Architecture<br />
    20. 20. IaaS Considerations<br />Where can I Integrate IaaS into my Infrastructure strategy?<br />How does IaaS address my shared service model?<br />IaaS and hardware / OS life cycle management?<br />Server provisioning process?<br />Private versus public cloud?<br />
    21. 21. Redpath / ReliaCloud - Your Partners to the Cloud<br />Customers are here:<br />Companies invested here:<br />Data Center<br />Community Sites<br />
    22. 22. Promo<br />Free ½ Day Cloud Strategy Mini-Assessment - Redpath<br />Redpath Consulting Group will provide two experienced cloud strategy <br />consultants for ½ day to work with your business and IT team to perform an<br />assessment of your current state and identify a cloud computing opportunity.<br />Free Cloud Server for Mini-Assessment - ReliaCloud<br />ReliaCloud will provide a $200.00 credit towards creating a cloud server or <br />utilizing cloud storage for you to try one of your apps in the cloud.<br />
    23. 23. Thank You<br />Return your survey and receive a copy of The Big Switch" by Nicholas Carr.<br />