Free Informative Guide- Six Steps to Cloud


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Free Informative Guide- Six Steps to Cloud

  1. 1. Guy’s Guide Six Steps to Cloud By Guy Longmore
  2. 2. Six Steps to Cloud Welcome. It can be hard to trust a company you’ve never worked with before – perhaps never even heard of. That’s why we’ve laid out a programme known as “Six Steps to Cloud” to help us get to know one another and determine if we’re a good fit for each other when it comes to cloud services. 1 Choose your moment The first step on your journey should be a conversation with one of Richardson Eyres’ transformation consultants to decide if now is the right time for you to make the move to the cloud. Richardson Eyres have 28 years’ experience translating business ambitions into infrastructure and application solutions. Moving to an infrastructure or application service is no different. This free consultation might well be the best 90 minutes you spend assessing the merits of cloud. Consider the following as possible trigger events for this initial conversation: a. Are you coming to the end of a managed service or hosting contract? b. Are you about to undertake an infrastructure refresh or application project? c. Do you need online disaster recovery? d. Does your backup system require an overhaul? e. Are you moving from XP to Windows 7? f. Is your company growing by acquisition? g. Do you need temporary capacity for a project or test platform? h. Are you budget constrained? 2 Decide where to start Before any move, it makes sense to take stock. You’ll no doubt know where your key challenges lie, but few customers can categorically define what they have and how it would translate to a cloud service. Richardson Eyres have been assessing data centres and IT infrastructure ahead of migration, upgrades and wholesale consolidation for decades. We have a wide range of tools available and some of the highest qualified infrastructure consultants at hand to assess your estate. Capacity, throughput, utilisation, profiles of hosts and users – many metrics can be examined which enable us to determine the current health and scale of your infrastructure and whether cloud services are a good fit. 3 Be clear on the benefit to users So, you have Richardson Eyres assessments to hand. You may have even been given a ball-park estimate of costs. It looks interesting, but you know it’s not going to fly if the user experience is compromised. They will call you if the service is not performing as expected. And then you’ll call us. Neither of us wants that. We have an absolute commitment to quality, to you as a customer and to ourselves, and will not provide a service unless we are fully confident it is fit for purpose. So, how do we ensure it’s a good fit? Virtualisation was the key enabler for consolidation and centralisation of IT service delivery. At first, many customers needed convincing that virtual machines would deliver the same performance as physical. Then there was the common concern of: ‘All my eggs in one basket’. Some larger scale projects involved geographic consolidation of data centres too – which brought the added consideration of: ‘Will it work across the WAN?’ The qualification principles adopted during virtualisation projects are similar to those of cloud. And in this regard Richardson Eyres experience is peerless. We were one of the first VMware consulting partners in the UK – no company has more experience of IT infrastructure transformation of this type. We’ve worked with hundreds of organisations and application providers effectively proving that our whiteboard designs and feasibility reports translate in practice. It’s all part of the service, and in this way we take as much of the risk out of the decision to move to the cloud as possible.
  3. 3. Richardson Eyres provide infrastructure, applications, desktops, disaster recovery and backup in the cloud. Our existing customers will vouch for the strength of our offerings and service capabilities. Other providers would say the same of their customers no doubt, but the key difference between Richardson Eyres’ approach and other cloud vendors is our commitment to pre-contract qualification and due diligence. Customers speak as highly about the support they get on their journey to RE Cloud as they do about their experience of the various platform services they use. That’s support in all senses of the word – advice, care, attention, assistance – underpinned by a programme of work aimed at taking joint responsibility for the decision to place some or all of your platform services in our hands. Summarised in Six Steps, we believe it is the most diligent and comprehensive approach to migrating to the cloud available in the market today. 4 Test it If talk is cheap and our written commitments still leave you unconvinced, trial it. There’s really no better way of knowing it will work than seeing it in action. At Richardson Eyres we are very happy to run proof of concepts and regularly provide virtual data centre trials, desktop as a service accounts, even proof of concept onsite-to-offsite backups. We want you to be thoroughly comfortable that you’re doing the right thing, and sometimes only seeing is believing. 5 Present the business case Even when you know it will work and you know what it will cost, the business might still need some convincing. We have written a separate piece around establishing the true costs of IT service provision, balanced against the costs and both hard and soft benefits of acquiring a cloud service. As with other aspects of qualification and due diligence, Richardson Eyres are at hand to assist. 6 Make it happen! You’ve convinced yourself and the business and committed to the service. So how do you make the best laid plans become a reality? At this point some customers are happy to take it from there, utilising our intuitive tools and portals to establish an IT presence in the cloud themselves. Others would prefer we maintain a guiding hand, and in some cases we undertake the deployment wholesale. The point is: we’re here to support you in your aims and will be thoroughly responsible in our approach. Some say the journey is more important than the destination. We think they are equally important, and we know you’re more likely to enjoy the destination a whole lot more if it delivers as promised. And that’s why we take this approach.
  4. 4. “Who is this Guy?” About the author Guy Longmore began working in technology back in 1997, at the advent of Storage Area Networks. Always one to seek out something new, he joined a nascent SAN vendor with plans to become the next EMC. They never quite realised their ambitions, but Guy learned a thing or two about helping to make a market and establish a value proposition at the early stages of adoption. From there he went to Compaq, leading their enterprise storage ambitions in The City. He quickly established a name for himself with breakthrough wins and was handpicked to present his customer case studies to the EMEA Sales Conference in New York from the grand setting of a Broadway stage. A stint in Compaq/HP’s New Economy team followed, heading up their storage push into joint ventures, emerging ISPs and the darlings of Internet 1.0. When the bubble burst, Guy reassessed his ambitions and decided to become a journalist. Work at Computing Magazine was an obvious start after college but with a short adventure novel under his belt he fancied something more exotic and ended up in China, working as Staff Editor on the nation’s only English-language travel magazine. When it closed he decided to return, both to England and a new role in IT with Richardson Eyres; Guy’s key technology partner from his days at Compaq and HP. He quickly leveraged his experience in storage, working on Richardson Eyres’ infrastructure consolidation projects. Always seeking something new and fresh he then set about creating a suite of managed services for on-premise infrastructure. Guy now successfully heads up the company’s Cloud and Managed Services division. Contact Us: 01494 792 002