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Getting Started In The Cloud

  1. 1. Making Business Work Better OnlineGetting started in theCloud Stephen Holford Sales & Marketing Director www.fasthosts.co.uk Ask the Experts
  2. 2. Making Business Work Better Online Defining Cloud computing Broad Network Rapid Measured On-Demand Access Elasticity Service Self- Service Essential Resource Pooling characteristics Software as a Platform as a Infrastructure as a Service Service (SaaS) Service (PaaS) Service (IaaS) models Deployment Public Private Hybrid models.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  3. 3. Making Business Work Better Online IT deployment models On Premise Legacy systems Data Sovereignty Customisation Private Regulation Restricted to single Control organisation Public Legacy Defined geographical location Utilised by multiple parties Connectivity Regulatory impact Geographic dispersion Flexibility of configuration Data location and compliance concerns Regulation Bespoke integration Hybrid Standardised configuration Tailored SLA’s Maintain existing Value for money Integration On-premise or hosted investments Most common Most common association to SaaS Common criteria association to IaaS with private cloud.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  4. 4. Making Business Work Better Online Cloud benefits 1 Availability (delivered on- demand) A user can chose to provision computing capabilities, 3 Chargeability (charged based on consumption) Users only pay for the services they use. All resources should be such as storage, processing, network and memory, (or an easily monitored / managed so that charging & use is clear and application) as needed automatically without requiring transparent human interaction with the service provider & services often have built in resiliency and recovery 4 Accessibility (accessible 2 Flexibility (agile & scalable) The amount of resource consumed by the user can be increased or anywhere) As cloud & hosted services are delivered over the internet and decreased to meet their operational needs. Supplier capabilities for accessed through standard web interfaces, uw should be able to such a service appear unlimited and available in any quantity and for manage and/or consume services anywhere there is an internet any amount of time connection, using the device of their choice.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  5. 5. Making Business Work Better Online Getting started - What is the objective? Business case first Are there any specific requirements? Know the market, opportunity and goals of the project Regulation / Compliance Security New IT solution, replacement Resiliency or expansion? Scalability What is the rationale behind the What internal IT resource is available? Managed or unmanaged need for this solution? Infrastructure-as-a-Service or Software-as-a-Service New application/service Cost containment Temporary project.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  6. 6. Making Business Work Better Online Cloud or On-premise • Cost — Capex or Opex • Operational resources • Growth potential (flexibility, scalability) • Security • Compliance Cloud On-premise Low cost of entry Initial investment high, but own assets at the end Licensing costs included Corporate data stored internally 3rd party doing the hard work Own dedicated IT team Resilience & security managed by 3rd party Security & failover systems managed internally.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  7. 7. Making Business Work Better Online What are businesses using the Cloud for first? • Early adoptions have predominantly been Prototype & Test Environments non-operational or low impact • Disaster recovery and backup Disaster Recovery & Backup • Hosted applications for communication or collaboration Comms & follow Collaboration • Business critical and operational applications Business Critical & Operational.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  8. 8. Making Business Work Better Online Make your business work better online Organisational size and IT maturity What skills are in house and what capability to implement and operate IT services exist. “Cloud and on-premise Nature of the application/solution New solution areas and projects are far more likely to be hosted /provided as a service. solutions will need to Exiting Investment co-exist alongside Organisations wish to maximise the life and value of investments already made in technology each other in most and licensing so hybrid models are an important consideration. organisations over the Data sovereignty coming years” Concerns over regulatory, legal jurisdiction and perceived security fears restrict the nature of how some organisations adopt cloud solutions. Connectivity Accessing high speed internet is still not a given in many parts of the UK and the wider world. Bandwidth constraints constrain appetite for hosted services.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  9. 9. Making Business Work Better Online Choosing a supplier/partner • What features/requirements do you need ? • Length of time (min & max) for the solution • What scale will the solution go to (CPU’s, storage, users?) • How variable will that scale be? Is it an organic growth, are there peak periods and low periods that the solution should scale for? • Do you have internal IT to implement yourself, or do you need a managed service • Which geographies will the solution need to work in?.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  10. 10. Making Business Work Better Online SMB’s moving away from local suppliers Importance of having a local channel partners for on-premise and cloud solutions 1-9 Employees 10-99 Employees 100-499 Employees On-premise solution 63% 57% Cloud solutions 46% 43% 39% 30% Source: Edge Strategies Research.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  11. 11. Making Business Work Better Online Choosing the type of Cloud supplier Infrastructure solutions Productivity solutions 70% 60% 53% 45% 35% 30% 18% 15% 0% 0% 1-9 10-99 100-499 1-9 10-99 100-499 Employees Employees Employees Employees Employees Employees 64% of small businesses Productivity solutions reflect choose hosting companies as MSP’s being the standard route their infrastructure provider to market Source: Edge Strategies Research Source: Edge Strategies Research.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  12. 12. Making Business Work Better Online Questions to ask potential suppliers/partners • Portability – is there any lock-in (contractual or technical)? • Licensing responsibility – yours or theirs? • Security – accreditations, physical, network • Their service continuity – what resilience do they have for power, network & compute? • Support – where, how & when? • Complaints & escalation processes? • Testimonials.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  13. 13. Making Business Work Better Online Adopting the Cloud for your business • Make sure your key requirements are identified and met by any IT solution • Is your project stand-alone or does it need to integrate with existing systems? • Is it a long term project or short term need? • Check your cloud providers credentials and infrastructure • Work with the supplier / provider to ensure the solution fits your needs.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Getting started in the Cloud : GS_V1
  14. 14. Making Business Work Better OnlineThank youStephen Holford Sales & Marketing DirectorStephen.holford@fasthosts.co.ukwww.fasthosts.co.uk www.fasthosts.co.uk Ask the Experts

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