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5 Steps For Creating A Multiple Cloud Network Integration Plan

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Developing and following a strategy that ensures your network will be able to support your business is paramount to its success. That’s no secret. The challenge for IT departments is how to develop a scalable strategy that can be planned and rolled out enterprise wide.

We’ve outlined five steps below to help you develop a master implementation plan and budget.

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5 Steps For Creating A Multiple Cloud Network Integration Plan

  1. 1. xo.com © 2014 XO Communications, LLC. All rights reserved. 5 STEPS FOR CREATING A MASTER IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR INTEGRATING YOUR NETWORK WITH MULTIPLE CLOUDS It’s important that your enterprise develop and follow a strategy that ensures your cloud and network resources will always be there to support your core business. But what elements need to go into developing that strategy and what is the best way to put a plan together? Follow the five steps below to develop a clear pathway for creating a master implementation plan and budget. 1) Define Your Multi-Cloud Strategy – WHY Multi-Cloud Integration Makes Sense for your Enterprise Spell out the business case for multi-cloud, including: • Identify business drivers—the resources, processes or conditions currently within your business that will benefit from a multi-cloud environment. • Identify existing applications and data—current programs and information that need to be considered. • Creating your cloud vision—map out what your ideal cloud environment would look like, where you imagine cloud overlap occurring, and how you see multiple clouds fitting together. • Creating cost planning and budget—begin researching costs and developing a realistic budget. 2) Select Your Cloud Providers and Technology – HOW You’ll Implement Your Multi-Cloud Strategy Ask questions and work with different vendors to find answers. Focus your questions on solutions such as: • Storage • Compute • Database • Security • Management *Don’t forget to revisit and revise your cost planning/budget as necessary. 3) Define Your Network Strategy – WHAT Must Happen to Create Your Multi-Cloud Network Identify the network structure that is going to support your cloud computing infrastructure, focusing specifically on: • Bandwidth capacity and elasticity planning—if and when bandwidth needs spike, what is the best solution? • Network management planning—a multi-year plan that outlines plans for your networks’ assets including information on capacity, performance, security and reliability. • Application performance planning—how you will monitor your application performance so you can uncover and anticipate potential issues and keep your level of service high. • Business continuity planning—identifying internal/external threats to your business network and devising procedures for efficient, effective response and recovery. *Don’t forget to revisit and revise your cost planning/budget as necessary.
  2. 2. xo.com © 2014 XO Communications, LLC. All rights reserved. 4) Implement Your Network – Make the IMPLEMENTATION Happen Here’s where the “rubber meets the road.” During step 4, remember to: • Select your network partner—based on your due diligence performed in earlier steps, make a final decision on which vendor or vendors will be your network service providers. • Implement intelligent network connectivity—how your employees, both in-house and remote, will be able to access network resources including data, applications, and even peripherals. • Implement traffic routing—the best paths for your voice and data to maximize bandwidth, minimize delay, and achieve optimal network performance. • Implement integrated network security—ensure that all touch points of your network, from client machines and mobile devices to cloud-based applications, are secure. • Management planning—update the management plan you started in step 3 to include additional insights, policies and procedures determined in step 4. 5) Network Testing and Operations – TEST and Refine With the new network ready to go and the enterprise poised to make the transition, the final step is to perform network acceptance testing. During step 5, you’ll put a load onto the system to make sure it can handle everything defined to this point. This final step is critical to ensure the solution is able to serve the exact needs of the cloud environment you’ve selected. Developing an Integrated Strategy: A Challenge Worth Overcoming Implementing an integrated network and cloud strategy can be a challenge, but by following the steps outlined here you’ll be able to avoid much of the confusion and pitfalls that can cause you issues. The end result of your careful planning and detailed implementation is that you’ll be creating an integrated solution that is going to be rock solid for not only the next year or two, but for many years down the road. XO Communications is a leading nationwide provider of advanced IP communications, intelligent networking and cloud computing services for business, large enterprise and wholesale customers. These customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable, mobile wireless and domestic and international telecommunications companies. XO offers a superior customer experience through its innovative solutions, its employees’ focus on customers and the proven performance of its advanced network. To learn more about XO Communications, visit www.xo.com or blog.xo.com. XO Communications is also on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and LinkedIn. This serves as a guide to selecting a vendor for a multi-cloud network solution, but is not intended as an endorsement of any given method, solution or device. XO makes no representation of warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the information contained in this document, and nothing con-tained herein is, or shall be relied upon as, a promise, representation, or legal advice. Next Step? Get a free consultation with a XO Network-Enabled Cloud expert, call XO at 1.888.990.4899 today.

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