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Cloud Computing Roadmap

  1. 1. Cloud Computing Roadmap A step-by-step guide to researching the Cloud Computing environment before the implementation takes place
  2. 2. Outline 1. Introduction: Cloud Research Milestones 2. Cloud Cost-benefit Analysis 3. Cloud Training 4. Cloud Vendor Selection 5. Cloud Management Platform Selection 6. About Akelios Akelios © 2010 2
  3. 3. 1. Introduction Cloud Research Milestones 1. Cloud Cost-Benefit Analysis As the initial stage of the research, the cost-benefit analysis is designed to make a strategic decision about whether to enlarge the existing on-premises resources or to implement a cloud infrastructure. 2. Cloud Training Cloud Training provides a comprehensive comparison of the pros and cons of different Cloud Providers, Cloud Management Platforms, and Cloud Products and helps get a real-time experience. 3. Cloud Vendor Selection This stage is required to consider the pros and cons of the top-tier Cloud vendors that differ in their capabilities, product offerings, and maturity and to single out the one that suits the requirements of the company best. 4. Cloud Management Platform Selection This stage is designed to conduct a comparison between the existing platforms and select the one that suits the most required criteria. Akelios © 2010 3
  4. 4. 2. Cloud Cost-Benefit Analysis (Goals) Cloud Cost-Benefit Analysis Goals 1. Cloud Migration Cost Calculate possible Cloud Migration and maintenance expenditures 2. Cloud Start Up Cost Analyze Cloud-related start-up costs 3. Cloud Implementation Options Compare Cloud Implementation scenarios with the possibility to engage on-premises resources 4. Cloud Ramp-Up Time Estimate expected staff ramp-up time 5. Cloud ROI Estimate the expected Return on Investment (ROI) 6. Cloud Security Spending Analyze possible expenditures related to providing the necessary level of security Akelios © 2010 4
  5. 5. 2. Cloud Cost-Benefit Analysis (Steps) 1. Gather Requirements (1 day) Review business goals and perceived limitations, as well as conduct information delivery requirements analysis 2. Information Management and Delivery Assessment (2 days) Evaluate data models, underlying products and business, data collection practices and technology 3. Technology Assessment (2 days) Examine hardware infrastructure, database platforms, software, data integration, and analytics tools 4. Cloud Computing vs. On-Premises Resources (2 days) Evaluate the initial investment, annual costs, and return on investment (ROI) 5. Organizational and Operational Assessment (1 day) Outline roles and responsibilities, structure of organization, recommend changes for organizational structure 6. Document Findings and Report Delivery (2 days) Evaluate current business strategy, find existing gaps, and recommend adjustments and next steps Akelios © 2010 5
  6. 6. 3. Cloud Training (Goals) Cloud Training Goals: 1. Cloud Overview Get an overview of the Cloud Infrastructure and learn its distinction from the on- premises systems 2. Cloud Experience Receive real-time experience in working with cloud platforms and tools in order to be able to manage and control the Cloud System independently 3. Cloud Quick Start Save time and costs by making a “quick start” and manage the Cloud Infrastructure right after it has been implemented 4. Cloud Security and Data Handling Understand the specifics of data security and data handling in the cloud environment Akelios © 2010 6
  7. 7. 3. Cloud Training (Steps) A Typical Cloud Training Can Be Conducted in the Course of Four Days: Day 1: Cloud Computing Overview Cloud computing features and differences, the types of clouds and their characteristics, the existing cloud platforms and products Day 2: Three-Tier Architecture Infrastructure within the cloud, including data access, storage, business logic, transactions, and other architectural elements and communication between them Day 3: Security Data protection, security standards (PCI DSS, GLB, S&O), SSL (Secure Socket Layer), etc. Day 4: Data Handling and Training Wrap-up Data warehousing, disaster recovery scenarios, data backup, data synchronization, redundancy issues, etc. Akelios © 2010 7
  8. 8. 4. Cloud Vendor Selection (Goals) Cloud Vendor Selection Goals: 1. Optimal Resource Management  Investigate allocation of additional computing resources  Determine scalability options depending on the server usage (hard drive space, CPU, bandwidth) 2. Optimal Data Management  Compare data management options  Analyze data back-up and recovery options 3. Optimal Security Management  Investigate Security standards for data access and management 4. Optimal Low-Level Resource Management  Determine Cloud Environment controls  Investigate low-level resource controls Akelios © 2010 8
  9. 9. 4. Cloud Vendor Selection (Solutions) Since Cloud Vendors differ in their capabilities, product offerings, and maturity, the Cloud Researcher should review the pros and cons of each of the Cloud vendors to single out the one that best suits the requirements. Among the top- tier Cloud Vendors, companies are now challenged to select from the following list:  Amazon EC2  Rackspace Cloud Sites and Cloud Servers   Microsoft Azure  GoGrid  Google Application Engine Akelios © 2010 9
  10. 10. 4. Cloud Vendor Selection (Steps) Cloud Vendor Selection Steps: 1. Analyze the company’s infrastructure, goals, and the existing challenges  Complex IT Infrastructure Management  Credit Cards and Personal Data Security  Traffic Spikes 2. Outline the main criteria that would define the Cloud Vendor of choice  Scalability support  Mature security models to protect financial and personal data  Advanced server configuration 3. Conduct Cloud Vendor comparison in accordance with the selected criteria  Ability to automatically set up additional servers  Access to low-level resources Akelios © 2010 10
  11. 11. 5. Cloud Management Platform Selection (Goals) Cloud Management Platform Selection Goals: 1. Cloud Vendor/Cloud Management Platform Compatibility  Investigate Cloud Vendor support  Determine Cloud Vendor integration  Investigate Hybrid Cloud suitability 2. Auto-Scaling and Manual Resource Scalability  Analyze resource management tools  Analyze resource management automation 3. Cloud Environment Management  Investigate Cloud monitoring  Test Cloud alerting  Test Cloud reporting Akelios © 2010 11
  12. 12. 5. Cloud Management Platform Selection (Solutions) To select the best fit, the Cloud Researcher has to look at the pros and cons of different Cloud Management platforms. Currently, the choice is typically between the following platforms:  RightScale  enStratus  Plesk  Eucalyptus The core point of the analysis is to compare the list of federated services each Cloud Platform provides, including logging and log aggregation, security, server provisioning and deployment, database provisioning and deployment, distributed authentication, and others. Akelios © 2010 12
  13. 13. 5. Cloud Management Platform Selection (Steps) Cloud Management Platform Selection Steps: 1. Analyze the company’s infrastructure, goals, and the existing challenges  Complex IT infrastructure  Lack of experience in working with Cloud Management Platforms  Traffic spikes 2. Outline the main criteria that may define the platform of choice  Hybrid Cloud support  Auto-Scaling  Alerts and log reports across multiple custom parameters 3. Evaluate the list of federated services and operational capabilities each Cloud Platform provides and choose the most appropriate fit  Logging and Log aggregation  Server Provisioning and Deployment  Distributed Authentication  Metadata mapping Akelios © 2010 13
  14. 14. 6. About Akelios Akelios is a team of Cloud Computing experts that provides a wide range of Cloud Computing services, including Cloud training, Cloud development, Cloud migration, and Cloud support. We assist companies across the various stages of the Cloud adoption cycle, providing:  Cloud Vendor, Platform, and Product Selection  Cloud Application Migration  Cost-Benefit Analysis  Cloud Disaster Recovery  Security Planning  Cloud Performance Tuning  Cloud Architecture Design To learn how Akelios can help your company benefit from the cutting-edge technologies and cost savings the Cloud provides, please visit Akelios © 2010 14
  15. 15. Thank You! More Questions? Send me an e-mail: Visit my blog: Follow us on Twitter: Author: Matthew Brown, VP of Marketing Akelios © 2010 15