http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1414233 Growth and adoption stats. Not a matter of if, but when companies will take some advantage of the cloud Why? Provisioning flexibility Access to global data centers Pay as you go, operating expense High availability and regular support from providers Faster deployment times Focus on core business, not IT infrastructure
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thebusybrain/2492945625 Cloud is different from how Enterprise IT has traditionally executed … Resource planning, finances, control, scheduling, technology
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1066754 All In Ignore Take a Bite
http://www.flickr.com/photos/schulz/6043662209 Very few companies do this – primarily startups Organizations that require this – such as govt going “cloud first” – may be taking the wrong approach
http://www.flickr.com/photos/12023825@N04/2898021822 Market does change often as new entrants, products, and pricing plans are constantly being introduced
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/361753 Smart companies are doing this See the cloud as a strategic outlet that can add real value; if you have a “5 year plan” for cloud, you’re doing it wrong
http://www.flickr.com/photos/42429527@N03/4111605372 #1 – build tiger team You do this today when you want to do IT shifts, or even if you have to troubleshoot a major problem
“When the Navy needed some quick turnaround work or repairs, they would assemble a tiger team,” Ballard said. “The connotation was that it was a self-contained team that included all the skill sets and resources needed to do the work — journeymen, planners, engineers, fabricators, etc.” “A tiger team was a small hand-picked, particularly skilled and capable group of ‘tigers,’ often chosen and chartered by a commanding officer, to plan for and/or achieve a very specific mission,” Lehman said. -http://washingtontechnology.com/articles/2009/08/10/upfront-tiger-teams.aspx
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/172469 #2 – find right cloud provider Today you probably have vendor assessment checklists and the like …
Security and compliance requirements HA and DR Global Management Best practices IT-as-a-service
#3 – find shadow IT and learn from it If your IT department is larger than 1 person, you likely have shadow IT Why? Unmet need.
http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1237883 http://www.flickr.com/photos/arne/5835855777 http://www.sxc.hu/photo/509609 Types of shadow IT projects? LOB apps MS Access, Filemaker, custom dev Productivity (Skype, email, BYOD etc) Data management Storage (e.g. do-it-yourself BI) File transfers CLOUD
http://www.flickr.com/photos/multiplyleadership/8535538329 #4 – Learn and enable best practices How do you capture this today? Tribal knowledge? SOPs? Automated procedures? This extends that …
Automation of everything – provisioning, deployment, updates, scaling, scheduling Self service is key Application design (apps, databases, messaging, services) Multi-tenant -> consolidate Stateless Service oriented Designed for failure Eventual consistency Service type PaaS vs IaaS vs SaaS, composable Data, user security :: Get your team’s hands dirty! Your senior architects and developers should ALL have accounts across cloud platforms ::
http://www.flickr.com/photos/booleansplit/7286679710 #5 – assess apps to migrate … You consider this today whenever new platforms come in, or even when upgrades are available for existing platforms Not every application is a fit to move, and some may say that MOST application should just stay where they are Cloud isn’t application hosting so you can’t just put an app in the cloud and expect maximum perf and scalability Should be targeting cloud for NEW capabilities that may front existing business systems Forrester report “ The reality is that very few enterprise applications as written today actually perform well on a cloud platform.” We make many assumptions when building apps in local DCs (e.g. infrastructure stability, physical proximity, static components and addresses) “ Servers are cheap and disposable” … “A typical cloud server has no redundant components” … “instance redundancy is core to availability” Cost savings come from sharing platform, and thus don’t expect dedicated networks, storage, etc Read Cloudonomics book from Joe Wienman for a thorough investigation of the economic impact of using the cloud for certain applications How to migrate? Lift and shift May not get most benefit if not built for horizontal scale out Modify Depends on PaaS Rebuild Unlikely Apps to migrate Custom, service-oriented web applications (based on modern technology) Apps/facades for mobile users Public internet facing applications Bursty, unpredictable applications Low risk, or least differentiating (the ones that are vanilla packaged apps like email or SharePoint) Apps to leave Extensive integration with on-prem systems Monolithic apps that can’t be broken apart and require a small number of massive servers Heavy I/O apps or those tuned to specific hardware
5 Best Practices to Advance Your Cloud Strategy
5 Best Practices to Advance Your Cloud
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The “cloud computing” train has left the
station. It’s not “if” but “when.”
However, cloud computing is different from how
Enterprise IT typically operates.
There are three choices for how to approach
this new paradigm.
Option #1 – Go all in and plan for an entire
Option #2 – Ignore the cloud and wait to see
how the market changes.
Option #3 – Sample the cloud and look to
satisfy strategic needs.